In the Habit of Acting Together: The Emergence of the Whig Party in Louisiana, 1828-1840

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Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, May 1, 2007 - Political Science - 163 pages
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This new political history on the formation of the Whig Party is a path breaking analysis of Louisiana politics during the 1830s. From award winning historian and commentator, Henry O. Robertson, this book is a fascinating presentation of how Louisiana differed in many ways from the American political mainstream yet remained oddly parallel in other regards. Economic development, ethnicity, slavery, and regional rivalry between sections of the state had a hand in creating the issues and ideas that fired the imagination of early Whigs. Colorful characters and exciting elections make up this lively history which every aficionado of Louisianas political past will want to read. The Whigs are hardly known today because the party existed for only a few decades before the Civil War. Lost have been the struggles and triumphs of the Whig organizers who helped guide the destiny of the state during the boom period of the 1830s. This book attempts to recover that past and add a sharper perspective to the scholarly literature on the creation of the Whig party. Read and enjoy this thoroughly researched and well-written account of what one early Whig organizer called friends who got into the habit of acting together.

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Dr. Henry O. Robertson is originally from Greenville, South Carolina. He attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia where he majored in history and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. During one summer his uncle ran for political office and he participated in the campaign. He has followed and commented on elections for local newspapers and television stations for many years. In 1990 he came to Louisiana and became interested in the states history and culture. Dr. William J. Cooper and the extraordinary faculty at Louisiana State University guided his studies where he received an MA and then Ph.D. Louisiana Public Broadcasting hired Dr. Robertson for their production of Louisiana: A History. Along with providing research assistance, he wrote a teachers guide for this award-winning television series which can be found at (Accessed 2007). In 1998 he began his academic career at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. He has written a number of articles for scholarly journals, contributed to local preservation efforts, and presented numerous public history programs for the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities. In 2006 he became an associate professor and coordinator for the History and Political Science Department at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. He is married to Amy Dufour Robertson and has a daughter Adeline.

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