A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and by John M. Sacher

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 international and northern immigrants, and the mammoth urban of latest Orleans made it possibly the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana swiftly joined its friends in seceding from the Union in early 1861. In an try to comprehend why, John M. Sacher bargains the 1st entire research of the state's antebellum political events and their interplay with the voters. it's a complicated, colourful tale, one lengthy past due to be informed in its entirety.

From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political approach in accordance with character and ethnicity to a unique two-party process, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then comprehend Nothings, and eventually in simple terms different Deomcrats. Sacher's fast paced narrative describes the ever-changing matters dealing with the events and explains how the presence of slavery formed the state's political panorama. He indicates that even if civic participation multiplied past the elite, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy."

The safety of white men's liberty, Sacher contends, was once the typical thread working all through antebellum Louisiana, and certainly southern, politics. eventually, he argues, this obsession with protecting independence led Louisiana's politicians to hitch their southern brethren in seceding from the Union.

Sacher's welcome learn offers a clean, grass-roots standpoint at the political factors of the Civil conflict and confirms the dominant position neighborhood politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.

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Johnston, September 30, 1827 (second quote), Johnston Papers, HSP; Nicholas P. Trist to Mrs. Randal, April 10, 1824 (third quote), Trist Papers, SHC; David Kerr to Andrew Jackson, November 11, 1828, Jackson Papers, LC. 14 A Pe rf ec t War of Po li ti cs nection between state and national political contests. Alexander Porter asserted that Creoles “cannot understand . . ” The presence of Creoles in elective positions buttressed his contention. While Louisianians elected Creole governors in 1816, 1828, 1830, and 1838, not a single Creole represented Louisiana in Congress during its first twenty-eight years of statehood.

28 A Pe rf ec t War of Po li ti cs tion between their campaigns and presidential politics. 42 Nevertheless, Gurley and Hamilton did not limit themselves to debating their allegiances to Adams and Jackson. They fought for the title of republican and offered contrasting points of view on the role of government. Hamilton, alleging that Gurley’s vote for Adams had been unrepublican, announced that if elected, he would support the people’s voice even if they were so ungrateful as to prefer another over their savior Jackson.

Livingston supported Jackson, while Congressman Henry Gurley joined Brent in championing Adams. The Louisiana Gazette’s editor reported the results in dramatic fashion—decrying the “shameful 28. LSJ, 1824–25, 12–3; Reuben Kemper to Josiah S. Johnston, John H. Johnston to Johnston, both November 18, 1824, John Clay to Johnston, November 30, 1824 (third quote), Johnston Papers, HSP; Henry Clay to Francis T. Brooke, December 22, 1824, Philemon Thomas to Clay, April 30, 1825 (first quote), CP, 3:899–900; David C.

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