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The rise and fall of the American Whig Party : Jacksonian politics and the onset of the Civil War / Michael F. Holt.

By: Holt, Michael F. (Michael Fitzgibbon).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999Description: xviii, 1248 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0195055446 (alk. paper); 9780195055443 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Whig Party (U.S.) -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Rise and fall of the American Whig Party.DDC classification: 324.2732/3/09 LOC classification: JK2331 | .H63 1999Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
"Not fitted to make converts" -- "To rescue the government and public liberty" -- "No opposition man can be elected President" -- "We have many recruits in our ranks from the pressure of the times" -- "Harrison and prosperity or Van Buren and ruin" -- "The Whig Party seems now totally broken up and dismembered" -- "The Whigs are in high spirits" -- "The present administration are your best recruiting officers" -- "The contest for President should be regarded as a contest of principles" -- "We must have the aid of gunpowder" -- "Stimulate every Whig to turn out" -- "Many discordant political interests to reconcile" -- "Patronage is a dangerous element of power" -- "The slavery excitement seems likely to obliterate party lines" -- "The long agony is over" -- "God save us from Whig vice presidents" -- "Fillmore is precisely the man for the occasion" -- "Webster is now engaged in strenuous efforts to secure the succession" -- "Scott & Scott alone is the man for the emergency" -- "Like pissing against the wind" -- "This Nebraska business will entirely denationalize the Whig Party" -- "The Whig Party, as a party, are entirely disbanded" -- "Confusion worse confounded" -- "Let then, the Whig Party pass" -- "The Whig Party is dead and buried".
Review: "The political home of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Horace Greeley, and the young Abraham Lincoln, the American Whig Party was represented at every level of American politics - local, state, and federal - in the years before the Civil War, and controlled the White House for eight of the twenty-two years that it existed. Now, in The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, Michael Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the Whigs ever written - a monumental history covering in rich detail the American political landscape from the Age of Jackson to impending disunion."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [1181]-1201) and index.

"Not fitted to make converts" -- "To rescue the government and public liberty" -- "No opposition man can be elected President" -- "We have many recruits in our ranks from the pressure of the times" -- "Harrison and prosperity or Van Buren and ruin" -- "The Whig Party seems now totally broken up and dismembered" -- "The Whigs are in high spirits" -- "The present administration are your best recruiting officers" -- "The contest for President should be regarded as a contest of principles" -- "We must have the aid of gunpowder" -- "Stimulate every Whig to turn out" -- "Many discordant political interests to reconcile" -- "Patronage is a dangerous element of power" -- "The slavery excitement seems likely to obliterate party lines" -- "The long agony is over" -- "God save us from Whig vice presidents" -- "Fillmore is precisely the man for the occasion" -- "Webster is now engaged in strenuous efforts to secure the succession" -- "Scott & Scott alone is the man for the emergency" -- "Like pissing against the wind" -- "This Nebraska business will entirely denationalize the Whig Party" -- "The Whig Party, as a party, are entirely disbanded" -- "Confusion worse confounded" -- "Let then, the Whig Party pass" -- "The Whig Party is dead and buried".

"The political home of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Horace Greeley, and the young Abraham Lincoln, the American Whig Party was represented at every level of American politics - local, state, and federal - in the years before the Civil War, and controlled the White House for eight of the twenty-two years that it existed. Now, in The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, Michael Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the Whigs ever written - a monumental history covering in rich detail the American political landscape from the Age of Jackson to impending disunion."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

In 1834, opponents of Andrew Jackson organized the Whig Party. In all, four Whigs sat in the White HouseÄHarrison, Tyler, Taylor, and FillmoreÄwhile leaders such as Henry Clay and Daniel Webster failed to capture that prize, contending with Democrats over tariffs, banks, internal improvements, territorial expansion, and, ultimately, slavery until the party's demise in the 1850s. The University of Virginia's Holt, author of Political Parties and American Political Development (LJ 6/1/92), details how great national issues intersected with lesser matters like control of patronage and the ambitions of persons and factions as well as with local and state-level concerns to shape the history of the Whigs. Although only dedicated readers will complete the trek through these 1000 dense pages, this book caps the career of a prominent political historian and will long be a staple for academic library collections in history and political science.ÄRobert F. Nardini, North Chichester, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In this long-awaited study of the American Whigs, Holt (Univ. of Virginia) presents the results of some two decades of inquiry into the party home of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and Abraham Lincoln. Emphasizing the dynamics of intraparty as well as interparty competition, the political structures of federalism, and his rather familiar arguments about the relationship between the collapse of the Second Party System and the coming of the American Civil War, Holt's narrative reflects something of a return to old-fashioned political history. The work is lightly seasoned by an awareness of the innovations offered by literature on voting behavior and ideology, less so by attention paid to policy and governance or the party's legacy for the American political tradition. Steeped in extensive archival research, this detailed recounting of the policies and practices of Whig politicos and the party's achievements, shortcomings, and eventual demise will long stand as definitive. A magnificent resource for scholars, Holt's weighty tome will prove essential reading for political historians, although it may tax the patience of the more casual reader. Graduate, faculty. B. D. Simpson Arizona State University

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

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