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, quite a few overseas and northerly immigrants, and the titanic urban of recent Orleans made it maybe the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana rapidly joined its associates in seceding from the Union in early 1861. In an try and comprehend why, John M. Sacher deals the 1st accomplished research of the state's antebellum political events and their interplay with the voters. it's a advanced, colourful tale, one lengthy late to learn in its entirety.
From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political method in accordance with character and ethnicity to a different two-party procedure, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then understand Nothings, and at last merely 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 exhibits that even supposing civic participation increased 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 affix their southern brethren in seceding from the Union.
Sacher's welcome examine offers a clean, grass-roots point of view at the political reasons of the Civil struggle and confirms the dominant function local politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.
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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. 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.
A pro-Jackson legislator from the Florida Parishes, John B. ” He feared that voicing an opinion about the candidates might offend someone and thereby lose a vote for Jackson in the legislature. Instead of connecting the national race to the state campaign, Dawson and others continued to view the gubernatorial race 30. Louisiana Gazette, February 28, 1825; Isaac L. Baker to Andrew Jackson, March 21, 1825, Jackson Papers, LC. 31. Louisiana Gazette, March 12, 1825; Brent’s letter in Adams, Whig Party of Louisiana, 24.
18 At the time of the War of 1812, national partisan political competition involved Republicans challenging Federalists. This rivalry, however, never achieved a solid foothold in Louisiana. Throughout Claiborne’s term, the establishment of a new state government and fear of a British invasion overshadowed party politics. By the 1816 presidential election, the Federalist party, which never had more than a handful of proponents in Louisiana, had almost completely collapsed across the South. In both this race and the 1820 presidential contest, Louisiana’s legislature cast the state’s electoral votes for the victorious Republican candidate.
A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861 by John M. Sacher