By John M. Sacher
Although 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 overseas and northerly immigrants, and the mammoth urban of latest Orleans made it maybe the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana in a timely fashion joined its associates in seceding from the Union in early 1861. In an try to comprehend why, John M. Sacher deals the 1st complete learn of the state's antebellum political events and their interplay with the voters. it's a advanced, colourful tale, one lengthy past due to learn in its entirety.
From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political method in response to character and ethnicity to a different two-party method, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then be aware of 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 though civic participation elevated past the elite, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy."
The defense 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 hitch their southern brethren in seceding from the Union.
Sacher's welcome research offers a clean, grass-roots viewpoint at the political reasons of the Civil conflict and confirms the dominant position nearby politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.
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Additional resources for A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861
Overton to Johnston, October 3, 1826, Alexander Porter to Johnston, April 14, 1826, Montfort Wells to Johnston, December 15, 1826, all in Johnston Papers, HSP; BRG, March 15, 1828. 46. William L. Brent to James G. Taliaferro, May 9, 1828, Taliaferro Papers, LLMVC; Isaac L. Baker to Josiah S. Johnston, October 5, 1826, Alexander Porter to Johnston, January 24, 1828, Mr. Grima to Johnston, January 16, 1828, all in Johnston Papers, HSP; Isaac L. Baker to Andrew Jackson, April 21, 1827, Jackson Papers, LC.
Baker to William S. Hamilton, January 16, 1824, Hamilton Papers, LLMVC; Alexander Porter to Josiah S. Johnston, January 20, 1824, Johnston Papers, HSP. Though no roll call vote was recorded, Johnston stated that he had gotten all of the American votes with one exception. Josiah S. Johnston to his wife, January 15, 1824, Johnston Papers, HSP; LSJ, 1824, 13. 37. St. Martinville Attakapas Gazette, November 17, 1824; Louisiana Gazette, January 4, 1825; David C. Ker to Josiah S. Johnston, December 3, 1824, Johnston Papers, HSP; LSJ, 1824–25, 11.
That same year, the New Orleans Argus reminded its Creole readers that Jackson had called them traitors and had tried to have a Creole adversary shot for contesting martial law. ” He sarcastically suggested that the statue honoring Jackson should portray the general’s 16. Robert V. Remini, The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America’s First Military Victory (New York, 1999). 17. Corporation of Orleans to Andrew Jackson, January 1828, John Kennedy to Jackson October 4, 1842, Jackson Papers, LC.
A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861 by John M. Sacher