Fifty Years of Party Warfare (1789-1837)

Fifty Years of Party Warfare (1789-1837)

Fifty Years of Party Warfare (1789-1837)

Fifty Years of Party Warfare (1789-1837)

Excerpt

Government by political parties has appeared everywhere in the countries of the modern world soon after the attainment of a considerable degree of self-government. It is a natural method of managing public affairs in any nation where the people have acquired the right to rule. Parties have an influence in determining the happiness and history of a people, and party activities, accomplishments and blunders make up a considerable portion of the history. Parties are given character and direction by social and economic forces and conditions. Party leaders are carried along by the currents of the time in which they live, affected by traditions and influenced by accepted constitutional and economic theories. The interplay of forces in the shaping of events in the party history of the United States presents an interesting subject of study.

Dramatic incidents and interesting personalities enliven the history of parties. The author has not found it necessary to take pains to stress thrilling episodes nor to seek out and set forth sensational information about actors in the game of politics. An effort has been made to narrate the history of American parties simply and without bias, believing the unvarnished record to be in itself an interesting, moving and colorful story. To praise or condemn the actors on the stage of party history is not conceived to be an all-important function of the writer of history. The purpose in this volume has been rather to explain men and parties than to laud them to the skies or consign them to the depths. Few party leaders are either white or black. No party is entirely unselfish, and no party is ever completely in the wrong or entirely corrupt. Only a balanced account can be truthful.

It has been impossible in covering the party history of a considerable period to examine all the original sources that are available to historical students who investigate minutely individual leaders, special problems or single events. Standard . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.