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Political Crisis of the 1850s - J. C. Holt

Political Crisis of the 1850s

Paperback Published: 17th September 1983
ISBN: 9780393953701
Number Of Pages: 352

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Holt sees the Civil War as representing a breakdown in America's democratic political process, more specifically the Second Party System of Whigs and Democrats. He demonstrates this system's success, beginning in the 1820s and 1830s, in confining sectional disputes safely within the political arena. With the breakdown of vital two-party competition in the 1850s, sectional issues increasingly took on ideological dimension, causing, Americans North and South to see in them dangerous threats to cherished republican institutions. No longer manageable within the arena of politics, sectional differences had to be resolved with in the arena of battle.

The Political Crisis of the 1850s offers a clearly written account of politics (state and federal), sectionalism, race, and slavery from the 1820s through to the Civil War, brilliantly combining the behavioral and ideological approaches to political history.

ISBN: 9780393953701
ISBN-10: 039395370X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th September 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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