The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party : Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War

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Covering in rich detail the American political landscape from the Age of Jackson to impending disunion, this book covers the history of the Whig Party and the ramifications on the United States during the tumultuous Antebellum period. The text offers a panoramic account of a time when a welter of parties (Whig, Democratic, Anti-Mason, Know Nothing, Free Soil, Republican) and many extraordinary political statesmen (including Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, William Seward, Daniel Webster, Martin Van Buren, and Henry Clay) struggled to control the national agenda as the U.S. inched towards more

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  • Hardback | 1268 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195055446
  • 9780195055443

About Michael F. Holt

Michael F. Holt is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Virginia. A leading authority on nineteenth-century American politics, he has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the National Humanites Center, and in 1993-94, he was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University. He lives in Charlottesville, more

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Holt's magisterial study is a comprehensive study of the rise and fall of the Party ... The amount of research is impressive ... this is a great work of political history, which should do much to restore the reputation of the much-maligned Whigs. Journal of American Studies What is most impressive of all in Holt's study is his skillful placing of the Whig Party clearly within the context of its time. In other words, this is not only a study of a party, but American politics as a whole from the 1830s to the 1850s. Journal of American Studies Michael Holt's magnum opus ... is deeply rewarding: few historians have managed to combine so skillfully a full reading of manuscript sources with an insightful command of the voting returns, or integrated federal and state politics with such clarity and coherence ... a masterwork that underlines the importance of contingency and leadership decisions in determining the fate of a mass political party. American 19th Century History Its exhaustive treatment will be a God-send for students of American history and for those interested in the break-up of the United States ... It is a goldmine of information and informed analysis. Contemporary Reviewshow more

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