Origins of the Whig Party

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CHAPTER III
THE CRISIS OF 1833

THE nullification crisis in the winter of 1832-1833, by justifying Webster's fear of an impending attack upon the constitution as it was then interpreted, threw party lines into confusion. Attention was called to the fundamental problem of the proper relations between the state and federal governments, a question to which all parties, in trying to avoid vital issues, had paid perfunctory respect, or which they had entirely ignored. While the greater number of the friends of nullification were or had been Democrats, not a few National Republicans like Clay found it expedient to be somewhat tolerant, and, on the other hand, a considerable fraction of the Democratic party endorsed Jackson's vigorous policy. Out of this confusion in 1833 appeared the possibility of a new alignment of parties upon the issue of maintaining the authority of the federal government. The issues of the previous campaign were temporarily set aside. The attempt to secure a longer lease of life for the Bank had been decisively defeated, internal improvement made no immediate appeal, and friends of protection found much to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I - John Quincy Adams and the National Republican Party 1
  • Chapter II - The Campaign of 1832 29
  • Chapter III - The Crisis of 1833 71
  • Chapter IV - Party Strategy and New Leadership 118
  • Chapter V - Expediency Versus Consistency 171
  • Conclusions 221
  • Bibliography 228
  • Index 239
  • Appendix 259
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