extension of slavery is simply a controversy between a certain class of property holders and the rest of the nation, and tends to confound all other distinctions of party." This attempt at neutrality caused Southern Whigs to join the Democrats for fear of losing their slaveholding rights, and many Northern Whigs joined the antislavery Free Soil party. The rise of the Republican party completed the Whig's downfall.
But the American Whig party and its Review were also the victims of bad luck. President Taylor died shortly after taking office, and his successor, Millard Fillmore, was soundly defeated in the presidential canvass of 1852. Also in 1852, the deaths of both elder statesmen of the Whig party, Clay and Webster, added to the disarray, and the Whig Review survived only until the end of that year. The final issue contained, appropriately, a eulogy of Webster.
Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines, 1741-1850. New York: Appleton, 1930, pp. 751-53.
Each volume indexed. Poole's ( 1845-1852).
Reprint ed., AMS Press, Inc., 1965; widely held. Available in microform.
The American Review: A Whig Journal of Politics, Literature, Art and Science, 1846-1847; A Whig Journal Devoted to Politics and Literature, 1848-April 1850; The American Whig Review, May 1850-December 1852.
Vols. 1-16, January 1845-December 1852, monthly.
Wiley and Putnam, January-June 1845; George H. Colton, 1845-1847; D. W. Holly, 1848-1852. New York.
George H. Colton, 1845-1847; James D. Whelpley, 1848-1849; George W. Peck, 1850-1852.