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By Joel H. Silbey

ISBN-10: 1444339125

ISBN-13: 9781444339123

A spouse to the Antebellum Presidents presents a chain of unique essays exploring our old realizing 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 crew of eminent historians and specialists at the American presidency
  • Reveals insights into presidential management within the area century prime as much as the yankee Civil War
  • Offers clean views into the mostly forgotten males who served in the course of some of the most decisive region centuries of usa history

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Jr. 1945. The Age of Jackson. Boston: Little, Brown. Sellers, Charles G. 1958. “Andrew Jackson versus the Historians,” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 44: 615–654. Sellers, Charles G. 1991. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815–1846. New York: Oxford University Press. Sewell, Richard H. 1976. 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.

Professor Craven at the University of Chicago, and colleagues elsewhere, established the template. They directed dissertations that covered individual state developments focusing on the rise of the Republicans in the North and the sectionalizing of the Democrats in the South in reaction to antislavery uproar. In these studies, the authors, following the lead of Craven and others, incorporated and reinforced the classic story in the architecture and details of their respective volumes (Rosenberg 1972; Maizlish 1983; Johnson 1977; Link 2003).

They preferred to maintain their local focus and ability to run their own lives against distant forces that they could not control. Sellers argued that their outlook set the democratic tone of the era that was incorporated in the Jacksonian movement in a battle against the entrepreneurial middle class, that is, the market-oriented groups dominating the Whig Party – and setting, thereby, “the class dynamics of two party politics” (Sellers 1991: 348). If there were ethnoreligious elements present, he argued, they were products of the class warfare underway and not separate elements independent of them.

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