Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 237 pages
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Martin Van Buren was a one-term president whose public life has long been overshadowed by the more fiery personalities of his day - Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun. Nevertheless, Van Buren was a transforming political figure in American history, one of the first of the new republic's professional politicians.
In the early part of the nineteenth century, America was skeptical of popular politics, distrustful of political parties, and disdainful of political management. However, as prominent historian Joel H. Silbey demonstrates, Martin Van Buren took the lead among his contemporaries in remolding the old political order as he captured the New York State governorship a seat in the United States Senate, and ultimately the presidency. Silbey argues that Van Buren recognized the need for effective national political organization and, in the process, helped remake America's political culture. Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of American Popular Politics takes a fresh look at the life and political career of one of America's most often overlooked, yet most influential, public figures.
 

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Finally found a readable biography about MVB that a layman can follow. He was responsible for developing the modern day strategies of political parties and emphasizing the importance of party allegiance. Read full review

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Contents

The Tavern Keepers Son The Making of a Politician 17821812
1
The Partisan Leader I Master of the State 18121821
15
The Partisan Leader II The Senator from New York 18211828
35
The Seats of the Mighty 18281832
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The Democracys Heir Apparent 18321836
83
At the Summit The Eighth President of the United States 18371841
109
The People Could Not Be Rallied for Van Buren
137
The Partisan Leader at Bay 18411847
159
The Most Fallen Man I Have Ever Known The Party Leader Becomes a Political RebelFor a Time 18481852
189
Political Afterlife 18521862
207
The Honors of Their Statesman
217
Suggested Reading
221
Index
225
About the Author
237
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Joel H. Silbey is President White Professor of History at Cornell University. Martin Van Buren and the Emergence of Popular Politics is his thirteenth book.

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