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The Union at risk : Jacksonian democracy, states' rights, and the nullification crisis / Richard E. Ellis.

By: Ellis, Richard E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989, c1987Description: xi, 267 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 019506187X (pbk.); 9780195061871 (pbk.); 0195037855; 9780195037852.Subject(s): Nullification (States' rights) | United States -- Politics and government -- 1829-1837DDC classification: 973.561 LOC classification: E384.3 | .E466 1987
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 246-261) and index.

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Most historians have agreed that William Freehling's Prelude to Civil War (CH, Jan '67) was the last word on the nullification crisis. What Ellis has done is to offer a broader, not conflicting, interpretation of the event. Ellis's focus is on the rhetoric of the arguments for and against nullification. He consciously aligns himself against the consensus school of interpretation, although not necessarily its scholarly findings. Several interesting if not entirely new issues are raised in this book. First is the easily documented claim that the doctrine of nullification was not in line with the tradition of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions. Jackson's followers were basically the heirs of the old states' rights tradition. Therefore, instead of a bipartite argument between states' righters and nationalists, there is a complex tripartite situation: nullifiers, states' righters, and nationalists. Ellis's focus on states other than South Carolina is very important. One can disagree with some of his interpretations without damaging the basic argument of the book. A major addition to the scholarship of the Jackson period. College and university libraries.-I. Cohen, Illinois State University

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Richard E. Ellis is Professor of History at the State University of New York at Buffalo

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