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The origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856

Author: William E Gienapp
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
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The 1850s saw in America the breakdown of the Jacksonian party system in the North and the emergence of a new sectional party--the Republicans--that succeeded the Whigs in the nation's two-party system. This monumental work uses demographic, voting, and other statistical analysis as well as the more traditional methods and sources of political history to trace the realignment of American politics in the 1850s and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Gienapp, William E.
Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1987
(OCoLC)654622428
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William E Gienapp
ISBN: 0195041003 9780195041002 0195055012 9780195055016
OCLC Number: 13425951
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 564 p., [16] p. of plates : maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
1. The presidential election of 18522 --
2. The collapse of the second party system --
3. Nebraska and nativism --
4. The confusion of fusion --
5. The failure of fusion --
6. New issues, new leaders, new organizations --
7. Launching the republican party --
8. The formation of a national party organization --
9. Spring breakthrough --
10. The nomination of Frémont --
11. Free soil, free labor, free speech, freemen, Frémont --
12. The Frémont campaign --
13. A victorious defeat --
Bibliography --
Statistical appendix --
Tables --
Index.
Responsibility: William E. Gienapp.
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The 1850s saw in America the breakdown of the Jacksonian party system in the North and the emergence of a new sectional party--the Republicans--that succeeded the Whigs in the nation's two-party system. This monumental work uses demographic, voting, and other statistical analysis as well as the more traditional methods and sources of political history to trace the realignment of American politics in the 1850s and the birth of the Republican party. Gienapp powerfully demonstrates that the organization of the Republican party was a difficult, complex, and lengthy process and explains why, even after an inauspicious beginning, it ultimately became a potent political force. The study also reveals the crucial role of ethnocultural factors in the collapse of the second party system and thoroughly analyzes the struggle between nativism and antislavery for political dominance in the North. The volume concludes with the decisive triumph of the Republican party over the rival American party in the 1856 presidential election. Far-reaching in scope yet detailed in analysis, this is the definitive work on the formation of the Republican party in antebellum America. ... Publisher descri[ption.

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