Politics and Statesmanship: Essays on the American Whig Party

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Henry Adams, Life of Albert Gallatin ( Philadelphia, 1879), p. 635.
U.S. Congress, Senate, Congressional Globe, 39th Cong., 1st sess., January 22, 1866, p. 341, quoted in William R. Brock, An American Crisis: Congress and Reconstrution, 1865-1867 ( New York: Harper and Row, 1966), p. 65.
Andrew Lane, (quoted in Francis Weisenburger, The Passing of the Frontier ( Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State Historical and Archaeological Society, 1941), p. 294.
See Vernon Parrington, Main Currents in American Thought, 3 vols. ( New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1954), 2:289; Arthur Schlesinger Jr., The Age of Jackson, p. 279. Although so-called "consensus history" is often sharply counterposed to "progressive history," the "consensus" historian Louis Hartz had a view of the Whigs similar to that of such "progressives," as Parrington and Schlesinger. What distinguished Hartz from the "progressives," of course, was his evaluation of the "reality" of the social conflict between the Democrats and Whigs. Hartz thought that the Democrats were as afflicted with capitalistic drives as the Whigs; Parrington and Schlesinger did not. See Louis Hartz, The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought Since the Revolution ( New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1955), pp. 89-113.
See Glyndon G. Van Deusen, "Some Aspects of Whig Thought and Theory in the Jacksonian Period," American Historical Review ( January 1958), 58:305-22. See also Van Deusen, The Life of Henry Clay; Thurlow Weed; Horace Greeley, Nineteenth Century Crusader ( Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1953); The Jacksonian Era, pp. 96-98; William Henry Seward. The quotation is from Van Deusen, "Some Aspects," p. 306.
Lynn L. Marshall, "The Strange Stillbirth of the Whig Party."
See Lee Benson, The Concept of Jacksonian Democracy; Ronald P. Formisano, The Birth of Mass Political Parties; Donald B. Cole, Jacksonian Democracy in New Hampshire; Michael F. Holt, Forging a Majority; William G. Shade, Banks or No Banks. The findings of some of these studies are summarized in Robert Kelley, The Cultural Pattern in American Politics: The First Century ( New York: Knopf, 1979),


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