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By Joel H. Silbey

A significant other to the Antebellum Presidents presents a chain of unique essays exploring our old figuring out of the position and legacy of the 8 U.S. presidents who served within the major interval among 1837 and the beginning of the Civil battle in 1861.

  • Explores and evaluates the evolving scholarly reception of Presidents Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, together with their roles, behaviors, triumphs, and failures
  • Represents the 1st single-volume connection with assemble jointly the historiographic literature at the Antebellum Presidents
  • Brings jointly unique contributions from a workforce of eminent historians and specialists at the American presidency
  • Reveals insights into presidential management within the area century major as much as the yank Civil War
  • Offers clean views into the principally forgotten males who served in the course of probably the most decisive area centuries of usa history

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18 joel h. silbey morally (Holt 1999; Benson 1961). ” They promoted a disciplined society as necessary for the good of the nation’s progress (Howe 1991: 1217). Those being pushed pushed back. The Democrats, who drew support from groups antagonistic to the evangelical and modernizing impulses of the Whigs, were traditionalist in their approach to society and government. They believed in, and sought to limit, the authority of the federal government on all aspects of the domestic scene. They saw no need for a range of moral legislation that limited individual and community rights to live as one pleased.

Ballots for Freedom: Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1837–1860. New York: Oxford University Press. Sewell, Richard H. 1988. A House Divided: Sectionalism and Civil War, 1848–1865. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Shade, William G. 1972. Banks or No Banks: The Money Issue in Western Politics, 1832–1865. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Shade, William G. 1981. , The Evolution of American Electoral Systems. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Shade, William G. 1996. Democratizing the Old Dominion: Virginia and the Second Party System, 1824–1861.

Despite the strong 20 joel h. silbey differences enunciated when either party was in office the range of government activities was never as extensive as their contrasting ideologies suggested. To be sure, if the Whigs had controlled the federal government more than they did, their program would probably have gained more traction and federal authority more reach. Instead, America has been described as having “a stunted national state” exemplified by “a lame and halting government” (Keller 2007: x, 113).

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