Slavery and Politics by Rafael Marquese download in pdf, ePub, iPad
His election renewed Whig confidence but his support for admission of California as a free state shattered the party. Unfortunately for the Whigs, who hoped to use him as a puppet, Harrison died only a month into office, placing John Tyler into the presidency.
In the election the strength of that claim for Democrats lay in their platform but the Whigs relied on Zachary Taylor. Southern Democrats and Whigs searched for candidates and platforms that would best associate their party with pro-South sentiment. Prior to the s parties remained national because northerners acquiesced on slavery, the disintegration of that arrangement doomed the southern Whig party.
Southerners of the Democrat and Whig parties demanded that their Northern counterparts allow them to determine and lead the way on the slavery issue. In response to this increasing disillusionment with the Jacksonian party, a new political party, the Southern Whigs, developed. These small quibbles aside, this is an excellent book that bring massive amounts of documentary evidence to the table. Jackson was the ultimate man of the South, and many would follow him simply because he was Andrew Jackson. Therefore, it would not be long until a party must defend slavery explicitly in order to be considered by the vast majority of southerners.
That process generated the rhetoric and the strategy that drove southern politics for the life of the second party system. Without one, they could not hope to defeat him. The American Revolution set in motion the split between slave states and free states, but Mason explains that the divide took on greater importance in the early nineteenth century.
Texas galvanized southern Democrats, giving them a president and a renewed sense of their power, but smashed the southern Whigs and destroyed the politics of economics. Cooper argues that the South persisted in seeing political parties not as instruments for dealing with issues like economics, foreign affairs, and ethnic disputes, but as purely defensive mechanisms. From the time of Andrew Jackson until the Civil War, all southern politics centered around the issue of slavery and which party could be viewed as its greatest protector. He examines the partisan and geopolitical uses of slavery, the conflicts between free states and their slaveholding neighbors, and the political impact of African Americans across the country.
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