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

Paperback | September 26, 2003

byMichael F. Holt

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Here, Michael F. Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the Whigs ever written. He offers a panoramic account of the tumultuous antebellum period, a time when a flurry of parties and larger-than-life politicians--Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren, and HenryClay--struggled for control as the U.S. inched towards secession. It was an era when Americans were passionately involved in politics, when local concerns drove national policy, and when momentous political events--like the Annexation of Texas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act--rocked the country. Amidthis contentious political activity, the Whig Party continuously strove to unite North and South, emerging as the nation's last great hope to prevent secession.

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Here, Michael F. Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the Whigs ever written. He offers a panoramic account of the tumultuous antebellum period, a time when a flurry of parties and larger-than-life politicians--Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren, and HenryClay--struggled for control as the U.S. inched towards ...

Michael F. Holt , a leading authority on nineteenth-century American politics, is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1248 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. "Not Fitted to Make Converts"2. "To Rescue the Government and Public Library"3. "No Opposition Man Can Be Elected President"4. "We Have Many Recruits in Our Ranks from the Pressure of the Times"5. "Harrison and Prosperity or Van Buren and Ruin"6. "The Whig Party Seems Now Totally Broken Up and Dismembered"7. "The Whigs Are in High Spirits"8. "The Present Administration Are Your Best Recruiting Officers"9. "The Contest for President Should Be Regarded as a Contest of Principles"10. "We Must Have the Aid of Gunpowder"11. "Stimulate Every Whig to Turn Out"12. "Many Discordant Political Interests to Reconcile"13. "Patronage Is a Dangerous Element of Power"14. "The Slavery Excitement Seems Likely to Obliterate Party Lines"15. "The Long Agony Is Over"16. "God Save Us from Whig Vice Presidents"17. "Fillmore...Is Precisely the Man for the Occasion"18. "Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession"19. "Scott and Scott Alone Is the Man for the Emergency"20. "Like Pissing Against the Wind"21. "Now Is the Time to Start New; the Old Issues Are Gone"22. "This Nebraska Business Will Entirely Denationalize the Whig Party"23. "The Whig Party, as a Party, Are Entirely Disbanded"24. "Confusion Worse Confounded"25. "Let, Then, the Whig Party Pass"26. "The Whig Party Is Dead and Buried"NotesAbbreviations Used in NotesBibliographyIndex

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"I think it is the best and most impressive book on the period to appear in years, and one of the most important books on nineteenth century politics ever written." --William E. Gienapp, Harvard University