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

By John M. Sacher

Even though 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, various international and northerly immigrants, and the gigantic urban of latest Orleans made it possibly the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana briskly joined its buddies 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 advanced, colourful tale, one lengthy past due to be informed in its entirety.

From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political method according to character and ethnicity to a different two-party approach, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then recognize Nothings, and eventually in basic terms 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 supposing civic participation multiplied past the elite, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy."

The security of white men's liberty, Sacher contends, used to be the typical thread operating 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 examine offers a clean, grass-roots viewpoint at the political factors of the Civil warfare and confirms the dominant position neighborhood politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.

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Louisiana Governors, 96–8; Tregle, Louisiana in the Age of Jackson, 69–71; Hore Browse Trist to Nicholas P. Trist, November 1826, September 25, 1827 (fifth quote), Nicholas P. Trist Papers, SHC. 14. Sarah Russell, “Ethnicity, Commerce, and Community on Lower Louisiana’s Plantation Frontier, 1803–1828,” LH 40 (fall 1999): 389–405; S. F. Hunt to William S. Hamilton, July 30, 1826 (first quote), Hamilton Papers, LLMVC; Carl A. , 1992), 48; Tregle, Louisiana in the Age of Jackson, 69–71; N. Wilson to Josiah S.

The newspaper “mourned” the political deaths of Clay, Gurley, and Brent, who had subverted the will of the people of Louisiana and the nation. 30 Such attacks on Gurley and Brent demonstrate the widespread contemporary belief that their unrepublican behavior had threatened the people’s liberty. Realizing the potency of the charge, both men quickly responded. On March 12, a letter from Gurley appeared in the Louisiana Gazette, contending that he had no certain information about the public opinion in Louisiana but that Clay had a plurality in the legislature and he knew that Clay men would support Adams before Jackson.

The three congressional districts included: First District—Greater Orleans and most of the sugar bowl; Second District— Florida Parishes plus West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee; Third District—North Louisiana, Avoyelles, and the Attakapas country. 41. Isaac L. Baker to Josiah S. Johnston, May 6, 1826, Johnston Papers, HSP; Isaac L. Baker to William S. Hamilton, March 19, 1826, “Jeremiah” to the Electors, June 24, 1826, Hamilton Papers, LLMVC; St. Francisville Louisiana Journal, June 22, 1826, Louisiana State Gazette, June 21, 1826.

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