The Political Culture of the American Whigs

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University of Chicago Press, 1979 - History - 404 pages
Howe studies the American Whigs with the thoroughness so often devoted their party rivals, the Jacksonian Democrats. He shows that the Whigs were not just a temporary coalition of politicians but spokesmen for a heritage of political culture received from Anglo-American tradition and passed on, with adaptations, to the Whigs' Republican successors. He relates this culture to both the country's economic conditions and its ethnoreligious composition.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Introduction
3
The Whigs and Their Age
13
The Language and Values of the Whigs
25
John Quincy Adams Nonpartisan Politician
45
The Whig Interpretation of History
71
The Entrepreneurial Ethos
98
Henry Clay Ideologue of the Center
125
The Modernizers
183
Whig Conservatism
212
Alexander Stephens and the Failure of Southern Whiggery
240
Abraham Lincoln and the Transformation of Northern Whiggery
265
Conclusion
301
Notes
309
Index
385
Copyright

The Evangelicals
152

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Daniel Walker Howe is professor of history and chairman of the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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