Western Influences on Political Parties to 1825; An Essay in Historical Interpretation

Western Influences on Political Parties to 1825; An Essay in Historical Interpretation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...but the raison d'etre for restrictions disappeared in large measure with the advent of the party of the people. The Republicans took up the task of administration in 1801 with a boldness which soon made their change of temper evident even to the Federalists. "By downright demonstration," wrote Gouverneur Morris, "it is shown that the republican party were not dissatisfied because the power of the Government was too great, but because it was not in their hands." 1 The party which had been so transformed by possession of power was now to be disrupted by the forces of a new era. The usual characterization of the decade following the War of 1812 as an "era of good feeling" and personal politics but thinly veils the truth that deep-seated forces were working a revolution in the basis of parties. In later periods of party reorganization, the cause of realignment is found in social and economic changes. The rapidity of the nation's growth has brought forward new problems with each generation, and each generation has accordingly seen a reshaping of party lines. The dramatic history of the decade preceding the Civil War is the most striking example of this truth: despite the earnest efforts of all those who foresaw the disruption of the old parties if not of the Union, the slavery question then thrust itself irresistibly into politics, destroying the Whig organization, dividing the Democracy, and giving birth to the Republican party. Again, as the century drew to its close, the readjustment of national life to the scale of the great continent which had been 1 To H. W. Livingston, Nov. 26, 1803. Morris, Morris, III, 443. brought under the hand of man involved notable changes in national problems and in the spirit and program...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618521
  • 9781236618528