The New Englander Volume 5

The New Englander Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...without any intention of change, transformed, they knew not how, into federalists of the deepest die. There is no metamorphosis in Ovid more sudden or wonderful--none that could have afflicted the unlucky subject with a more profound astonishment. Kip Van Winkle was not more completely mystified when he came down from his long sleep in the mountains, than was many a veteran politician, when the Jackson party--in defiance of the notorious fact that one element of its strength was the implacable dislike with which many federalists regarded Mr. Adams on account of his having deserted them so long ago--claimed for itself a perfect identity with the party which had come into power with President Jefferson. There was no such identity. The most that could be said with truth, was that the party formed in opposition to the administration of Mr. Quincy Adams was an attempt to reorganize the old but lost democratic party, without adopting or intending to adopt those principles and measures of the old democracy, which experience had found to be impracticable, and by the relinquishment of which, federalism itself had been won to the support of a democratic administration. In the signs of the times now passing, we seem to discover some intimations that the parties which have divided the American people for somewhat more than twenty years, are soon to be superseded by new political combinations. We do not indeed discover a complete parallel between these days of President Polk and the halcyon days of President Monroe. It has not entered into our thoughts that the term of the present administration will hereafter be characterized as another "era of good feelings." Nor do we see any pipspect that all parties will lose their organization and...
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  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 689g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569083
  • 9781236569080