By John M. Sacher
Notwithstanding antebellum Louisiana shared the remainder of the South's dedication to slavery and cotton, the presence of a considerable sugarcane undefined, a wide Creole and Catholic inhabitants, a number of overseas and northern immigrants, and the large urban of latest Orleans made it probably the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana in a timely fashion joined its associates in seceding from the Union in early 1861. In an try and comprehend why, John M. Sacher deals the 1st finished examine of the state's antebellum political events and their interplay with the voters. it's a advanced, colourful tale, one lengthy past due to be informed in its entirety.
From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political process according to character and ethnicity to a different two-party process, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then recognize Nothings, and eventually simply different Deomcrats. Sacher's fast paced narrative describes the ever-changing concerns dealing with the events and explains how the presence of slavery formed the state's political panorama. He indicates that even though civic participation improved past the elite, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy."
The safety of white men's liberty, Sacher contends, was once the typical thread operating all through antebellum Louisiana, and certainly southern, politics. finally, he argues, this obsession with protecting independence led Louisiana's politicians to hitch their southern brethren in seceding from the Union.
Sacher's welcome examine presents a clean, grass-roots standpoint at the political explanations of the Civil conflict and confirms the dominant position local politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.
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Additional resources for A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861
While Hamilton challenged any expansion of federal power, Gurley embraced the theory that power is liberty. He portrayed himself as a proponent of Louisiana’s welfare and as someone who had encouraged federally sponsored internal improvements in the state. If the nation implemented Hamilton’s narrow-minded views, Gurley proclaimed, Louisiana would suffer. One of Gurley’s supporters mocked Hamilton for railing against internal improvements in the very parishes where a Washington–New Orleans road would pass, and a Hamilton supporter ruefully admitted that his candidate’s circular addressing these issues cost him votes.
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