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, a number of international and northern immigrants, and the mammoth urban of recent Orleans made it might be the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana rapidly joined its friends in seceding from the Union in early 1861. In an try and comprehend why, John M. Sacher bargains 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 late to be informed in its entirety.
From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political procedure in accordance with character and ethnicity to a different two-party procedure, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then comprehend Nothings, and at last simply 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 exhibits that even though civic participation improved past the elite, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy."
The safeguard of white men's liberty, Sacher contends, used to be the typical thread working 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 learn presents a clean, grass-roots standpoint at the political reasons of the Civil warfare and confirms the dominant function neighborhood politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.
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Extra info for A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861
An adviser to gubernatorial candidate Thomas Butler counseled the candidate that things had not changed as much as some people had predicted. ” The timing of the two elections also added a further obstacle to their connection. 47 Also, despite the candidates’ perceived association with Adams or Jackson, only Bernard Marigny and Thomas Butler openly aligned themselves with a particular presidential candidate, and even those attachments remained tenuous. ” Although his brother had served as Jackson’s chief of staff at the Battle of New Orleans, Butler hesitated to attach himself ﬁrmly to the general’s coattails.
In February 1824, only 66 of the 291 congressmen were present for the nomina18. Thomas Bolling Robertson to William Robertson, August 22, 1827 (ﬁrst quote), Walter Prichard Collection, LLMVC; New Orleans Argus, November 4, 1828; Henry Marston to Gales & Seaton, February 18, 1853 (second quote), Henry Marston Family Papers, LLMVC. Hereafter all newspaper citations are from New Orleans publications unless otherwise speciﬁed. 19. James H. Broussard, The Southern Federalists, 1800–1816 (Baton Rouge, 1978), xii, 177; Sidney L.
Johnston, April 10, 1826, John H. Johnston to Josiah S. 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.
A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861 by John M. Sacher