The Plundering Generation

The Plundering Generation : Corruption and the Crisis of the Union, 1849-61

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This book examines the extent of political corruption in the 1850s, the vehement rhetoric against it, and the causes of corruption - the return of prosperity in the 1840s (the gold rush), the decline of the Jacksonian party system, the growth of the spoils system, the land boom, railroad mania, and the professionalisation of party politics. The author also emphasises the corruptness of the press, especially in connection with party politics. Finally, he argues that the concern with corruption in the 1850s was related in important ways to the sectional crisis over slavery that came to a head during that decade. Students of American history.show more

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  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195050576
  • 9780195050578

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