Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use (for details see http://www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 July 2018

Politics, Stump Speaking, and How the West Was Won

Politics, Stump Speaking, and How the West Was Won

(p.82) 4 Politics, Stump Speaking, and How the West Was Won
Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Politicians made themselves known through stump speaking. Kentuckians would come from miles away to hear the orators loudly proclaim their positions and gesticulate wildly atop their stand. In one of Kentucky's greatest crises, from 1823 to 1825, the Relief Party, demanding help for debtors unable to pay for their land in the panic and depression of 1819, challenged sound banking, constitutional protection of contracts, and independence of the judiciary. The conflict pitted the Old Court against the New Court in most of the political decisions facing the state. The three great political issues during the period were debtor relief, internal improvements, and public education. The recurrent theme in the political history of antebellum Kentucky is that the people and their political leaders were not only interested in economic progress, they were also genuinely humane.

Keywords:   politics, stump speaking, Old Court, New Court, Relief Party, Whig, democrat, republican

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .