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Jacksonian Democracy has become almost a commonplace in American history. But in this penetrating analysis of one state-its voting cycles, party makeup, and social, ethnic, and religious patterns-Lee Benson shows that the concept bears little or no relation to New York history during the Jacksonian period.

New York voters between 1816 and 1844 did not follow the traditional distinctions between Whigs and Democrats. Ethnic and religious ties were stronger social forces than income, occupation, and environment. Mr. Benson's examination suggests a new theory of American voting behavior and a reconsideration of other local studies during this period.

Originally published in 1961.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. A Supplementary Note On Method for the Paperback Edition
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. 1. From Populism to Egalitarianism
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. 2. Antimasonry Goes Political
  2. pp. 37-62
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  1. 3. "Bank War" and Restoration of the Two-Party System
  2. pp. 63-79
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  1. 4. New York Party Leadership, 1834-1844
  2. pp. 80-101
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  1. 5. Positive Versus Negative Liberalism
  2. pp. 102-125
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  1. 6. Two Minor "Parties"
  2. pp. 126-138
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  1. 7. Class Voting in New York
  2. pp. 139-180
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  1. 8. Ethnocultural Groups and Political Parties
  2. pp. 181-201
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  1. 9. Religious Groups and Political Parties
  2. pp. 202-223
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  1. 10. Who Voted for the Minor "Parties"?
  2. pp. 224-231
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  1. 11. Party Programs, Characters, and Images
  2. pp. 232-269
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  1. 12. Texas Annexation and New York Public Opinion
  2. pp. 270-285
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  1. 13. Outline for a Theory of American Voting Behavior
  2. pp. 286-303
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  1. 14. Interpreting New York Voting Behavior
  2. pp. 304-344
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  1. 15. Jacksonian Democracy - Concept or Fiction?
  2. pp. 345-354
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  1. Appendix I
  2. p. 355
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  1. Appendix II
  2. pp. 356-357
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  1. Appendix III
  2. pp. 358-360
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400867264
MARC Record
OCLC
579091973
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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