Frontmatter

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-ix

The editors incurred many debts in the course of preparing this volume for publication. We offer our warmest gratitude to the contributors, who found . . .

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

This is a book about traditional American political history in the midnineteenth century. It is a book about elections, voters, and issues. It is about . . .

Part I: Political Culture in Antebellum America

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1. Not So Strange Bedfellows: Not So Strange Bedfellows Northern and Southern Whigs and the Texas Annexation Controversy, 1844–1845

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pp. 11-35

American politicians were not primarily motivated by sectional concerns in the early 1840s. Local and state bias, regionalism, party loyalty, class, and a . . .

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Apotheosis of a Ruffian:The Murder of Bill Pool and American Political Culture

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pp. 36-63

In the early hours of a Sunday morning in February 1855, in a saloon on Broadway in New York City, an ex-policeman named Lewis Baker shot and . . .

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Public Women and Partisan Politics, 1840–1860

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pp. 64-81

In the late 1960s and early 1970s a talented group of scholars turned their attention to nineteenth-century American political history. Instead of the . . .

Part II: The Politics of the Secession Crisis

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The Southern Oppositionand the Crisis of the Union

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pp. 85-111

The last stand of the Upper South’s Whig Party often has been overlooked. In 1859, five years after the national party disappeared, Whigs in the Upper . . .

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Reviving State Rights

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pp. 112-125

Before his tragically premature death, the historian William E. Gienapp joined Michael F. Holt in disputing a current conventional wisdom about the . . .

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Where Was Henry Clay?

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pp. 126-140

Abraham Lincoln occupies a secure place in the pantheon of great U.S. presidents. Even among that select group, in the view of many, professional . . .

Part III

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Come Weal, Come Woe,I Am with the Anti-Slavery Party”: Federalism and the Formation of the Pennsylvania Union Party, 1860–1864

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pp. 143-166

In early June 1864, a strange assemblage of Republicans, Democrats who endorsed President Lincoln and the war, and border-state Southerners gathered . . .

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Alabama’s Presidential Reconstruction Legislature

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pp. 167-187

The South’s Presidential Reconstruction state legislatures have not had a good press. Suspicious Radical Republicans at the time thought them . . .

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The Fate of Northern Democratsafter the Civil War: Another Look at the Presidential Election of 1868

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pp. 188-213

”Never before, in the history of the country have I been willing to see policy in any contingency, have any sort of dominion over principle,” wrote Samuel . . .

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Consider the Alternatives: Reassessing Republican Reconstruction

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pp. 214-230

Scholars have long debated whether Reconstruction succeeded or failed, why it turned out as it did, and who or what was responsible for the outcome. . . .

Works by Michael F. Holt

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pp. 231-232

Contributors

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pp. 231-234

Index

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pp. 235-253