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The Resource Party over section : the rough and ready presidential election of 1848, Joel H. Silbey

Party over section : the rough and ready presidential election of 1848, Joel H. Silbey

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Party over section : the rough and ready presidential election of 1848
Title
Party over section
Title remainder
the rough and ready presidential election of 1848
Statement of responsibility
Joel H. Silbey
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The presidential campaign of 1848 saw the first strong electoral challenge to the expansion of slavery in the United States; most historians consider the appearance of the Free Soil Party in that election a major turning point of the nineteenth century. The three-way race capped a decade of political turmoil that had raised the issue of slavery to unprecedented prominence on the national stage and brought about critical splits in the two major parties." "In the first book in four decades devoted to the 1848 election, Joel Silbey clarifies our understanding of a pivotal moment in American history. The election of Whig Zachary Taylor, hero of the Mexican War, over Democrat Lewis Cass and Free Soiler Martin Van Buren followed a particularly bitter contest, a fierce political storm in an already tumultuous year marked by the first significant attempt by antislavery advocates to win the presidency." "Silbey describes what occurred during that election and why it turned out as it did, offering a nuanced look at the interaction of the forces shaping the direction of politics in mid-nineteenth-century America. He explains how the Free Soilers went about their reform movement and why they failed as they ran up against the tenacious grip that the existing two-party structure had on the political system and the behavior of the nation's voters." "For Whigs and Democrats it was politics as usual as they stressed economic, cultural, and ideological issues that had divided the country for the previous twenty years. Silbey describes the new confrontation between the force of tradition and a new and different way of thinking about the political world. He shows that ultimately, when America went to the polls, northerners and southerners alike had more on their minds than slavery. Nevertheless, while Van Buren managed to attract only 10 percent of the vote, his party's presence foreshadowed a more successful challenge in the future."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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Silbey, Joel H
Dewey number
324.973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E420
LC item number
.S55 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American presidential elections
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Taylor, Zachary
  • Van Buren, Martin
  • Cass, Lewis
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
Party over section : the rough and ready presidential election of 1848, Joel H. Silbey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-192) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
263497977
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 205 pages
Isbn
9780700616404
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008044078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)263497977
Label
Party over section : the rough and ready presidential election of 1848, Joel H. Silbey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-192) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
263497977
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 205 pages
Isbn
9780700616404
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008044078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)263497977

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