By Joel H. Silbey
A better half to the Antebellum Presidents presents a chain of unique essays exploring our historic figuring out of the position and legacy of the 8 U.S. presidents who served within the major interval among 1837 and the beginning of the Civil struggle in 1861.
- Explores and evaluates the evolving scholarly reception of Presidents Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan, together with their roles, behaviors, triumphs, and failures
- Represents the 1st single-volume connection with assemble jointly the historiographic literature at the Antebellum Presidents
- Brings jointly unique contributions from a workforce of eminent historians and specialists at the American presidency
- Reveals insights into presidential management within the sector century top as much as the yank Civil War
- Offers clean views into the principally forgotten males who served in the course of the most decisive area centuries of usa history
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Remini, in a well-researched, massive, and traditional three-volume biography of Jackson and in a series of further volumes about the era, argued that, in his view, whatever the apparent limitations of his actions, Jackson was a catalyst of democratic striving against the dominant elites in American society (Remini 1977, 1981, 1984). Wilentz agreed with Remini in even stronger terms, also arguing for Jackson and his followers as the progenitors of democratization who earned, as a result, the support of those at the lower reaches of society who were the beneficiaries of his policies (Wilentz 2005).
Revisions, challenges, and counterchallenges led to some scholarly convergence on central points. In their recent extended studies Michael Holt, Daniel Walker Howe, and Harry Watson each focused on the multiple elements present in American life, arguing that they interacted to affect political choice in the nation’s diverse society instead of there being an either/or situation pitting a single dominant force, such as class or ethnoreligious divisions, as the sole centerpiece of voter choice and party differences (Howe 2007; Holt 1999; Watson 2006).
It was never uniquely one divisive element or another that determined political outlook, commitment, and behavior. As one historian summed up the general perspective of these scholars: “the best reading of the evidence suggests that the American voting universe was fired by an eclectic mix of enduring confrontations rooted in past experience and as well as by aspects of the new socioeconomic forces coming into play” (Silbey 2001: 69). Other critics beside the neo-Jacksonians found serious cracks in the partisan dominant narrative.
A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents 1837-1861 by Joel H. Silbey