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The Peculiar Democracy: Southern Democrats in Peace and Civil War (Hardback)

Wallace Hettle

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ISBN 10: 0820322822 / ISBN 13: 9780820322827
Edité par University of Georgia Press, United States, 2001
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. How democratic was the Democratic Party of the antebellum South? Too often, Wallace Hettle points out, studies of politics inthe nineteenth-century South reinforce a view of the Democratic Party that is frozen in time on the eve of Fort Sumter - a deceptively high point of white racial solidarity. Avoiding such a Civil War synthesis, The Peculiar Democracy illuminates the link between the Jacksonian political culture that dominated antebellum debate and the notorious infighting of the Confederacy. Hettle shows that war was the greatest test of populist Democratic Party rhetoric about the shared interests of white men. The Peculiar Democracy analyzes antebellum politics in terms of the connections between slavery, manhood, and the legacies of Jefferson and Jackson. It then looks at the secession crisis through the anxieties felt by Democratic politicians who claimed concern for the interests of both slaveholders and nonslaveholders. At the heart of the book is a collective biography of five individuals whose stories highlight the limitations of democratic political culture in a society dominated by the peculiar institution : South Carolina s Francis W. Pickens, Georgia s Joseph Brown, Alabama s Jeremiah Ciemens, Virginia s John Rutherfoord, and Mississippi s Jefferson Davis. The Civil War stories presented in The Peculiar Democracy illuminate the political and sometimes personal tragedy of men torn between a political culture based on egalitarian rhetoric and the wartime imperatives to defend slavery. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780820322827

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Titre : The Peculiar Democracy: Southern Democrats ...

Éditeur : University of Georgia Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2001

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

Edition : New..

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How democratic was the Democratic Party of the antebellum South? Too often, Wallace Hettle points out, studies of politics inthe nineteenth-century South reinforce a view of the Democratic Party that is frozen in time on the eve of Fort Sumter - a deceptively high point of white racial solidarity. Avoiding such a "Civil War synthesis," The Peculiar Democracy illuminates the link between the Jacksonian political culture that dominated antebellum debate and the notorious infighting of the Confederacy. Hettle shows that war was the greatest test of populist Democratic Party rhetoric about the shared interests of white men. The Peculiar Democracy analyzes antebellum politics in terms of the connections between slavery, manhood, and the legacies of Jefferson and Jackson. It then looks at the secession crisis through the anxieties felt by Democratic politicians who claimed concern for the interests of both slaveholders and nonslaveholders. At the heart of the book is a collective biography of five individuals whose stories highlight the limitations of democratic political culture in a society dominated by the "peculiar institution": South Carolina's Francis W. Pickens, Georgia's Joseph Brown, Alabama's Jeremiah Ciemens, Virginia's John Rutherfoord, and Mississippi's Jefferson Davis. The Civil War stories presented in The Peculiar Democracy illuminate the political and sometimes personal tragedy of men torn between a political culture based on egalitarian rhetoric and the wartime imperatives to defend slavery.

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"Hettle distinguishes his study from other fine analyses of mid-nineteenth-century Southern politics by extending his exploration. Hettle believes it is a mistake to conclude such a discussion with the secession crisis, a high-water mark of white solidarity. Instead, he pursues the answer to the question of how democratic the region's Democratic Party was into the war years . . . ""The Peculiar Democracy" was written for specialists. But, the clarity of Hettle's argument and the quality of his prose make his book more than accessible for the interested general reader."--"History: Reviews of New Books"

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