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The Whigs' America: Middle-Class Political Thought in the Age of Jackson and Clay

Joseph W. Pearson


This book is about politics, exploring the general outlook of a group of Americans called Whigs. The Whigs were one of the two great political parties in the United States between the years 1834 and 1856, battling their opponents the Jacksonian Democrats for offices, prestige, and power. This book explores how Whiggish Americans understood human nature, society, and the role of the state, and explains how they reflected on the past and anticipated the future. A Whig worldview resonated with a vast array of future-looking people in large cities and small villages, in factories and on farms, and ... More

Keywords: Whig, politics, party, culture, middle-class, bourgeois, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813179728
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813179728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph W. Pearson, author
Union College (Kentucky)

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