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Author Pearson, Joseph W., 1979- author.

Title The Whigs' America : middle-class political thought in the age of Jackson and Clay / Joseph W. Pearson
Published Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, 2020


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction -- The Individual -- Society -- The State -- The Past -- The Future -- Conclusion
Summary Leading one of the two great political parties in the United States between 1834 and 1856, the Whigs battled their opponents, the Jacksonian Democrats, for offices, prestige, and power. Boasting such famous members as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and William Henry Seward, the party supported tariffs, banks, internal improvements, moral reform, and public education. However, because the Democrats were more successful in controlling the White House, they have received more attention from historians. This book provides a counterbalance to this trend through an attentive examination of writings from party leaders, contemporaneous newspapers, and other sources. The author explores a variety of topics, including the Whigs' understanding of the role of the individual in American politics, their perceptions of political power and the rule of law, and their impressions of the past and what should be learned from history. Throughout, he shows that the party attracted optimistic Americans seeking achievement, community, and meaning through collaborative effort and self-control in a world growing more and more impersonal. The author effectively demonstrates that, while the Whigs never achieved the electoral success of their opponents, they were rich with ideas. His detailed study adds complexity and nuance to the history of the antebellum era by illuminating significant aspects of a deeply felt, shared culture that informed and shaped a changing nation. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Whig Party (U.S.) -- History
Whig Party (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
Whig Party (U.S.)
HISTORY -- United States -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author University Press of Kentucky.
ISBN 9780813179742