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De Witt Clinton and the rise of the People's men [electronic resource] /
Craig Hanyan, with Mary L. Hanyan.
Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1996.
xii, 419 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
0773514341 (acid-free paper)
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Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1996.
0773514341 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-406) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
DeWitt Clinton is best known as a champion of canals and as a political foe of Martin Van Buren. An enigmatic figure, Clinton has often been dismissed as a mere engine of personal ambition. But the Hanyans argue that Clinton led a coherent movement representing patrician republicanism, antipartyism, and commitment to the market revolution. This movement proved a formidable adversary for Martin Van Buren's Bucktails and a clear way station to Whiggery for commercially oriented New Yorkers. The authors' ambitious efforts to analyze the shifting block of Clinton backers in New York bears mixed fruit. They provide a mass of detail on the Clinton constituency and persuasive evidence for seeing the Clintonians as aggressively market oriented. They offer fresh detail on Clintonian maneuvering in the critical years 1822-1824. But they shed little light on Clinton's relationship with Andrew Jackson and do not produce a coherent narrative of a complex and evolving political culture. Context, and Clinton himself, are often ignored for long stretches. This book fills a niche, but the "Magnus Apollo" of American politics still awaits a satisfying biography. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. J. Birkner Gettysburg College
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"De Witt Clinton and the Rise of the People's Men is an important piece of scholarship, especially rich in detail, that makes a significant contribution to the political history of the 1820s and to our understanding of one of the leading figures of early nineteenth-century American history." Richard E. Ellis, Department of History, SUNY Buffalo.
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The authors not only provide an in-depth analysis of the interplay of interests and ideology behind the People's movement but also establish relationships between the emergent political culture that bolstered that movement and the Whig and Democratic parties of the later second-party system. Moreover, they demonstrate that the central objective of the People's movement was not simply to enhance American political democracy: it was also fuelled by a determination to avoid taxation of personalty (personal property or estate), which quickly won the support of canny and well-heeled backers both in upstate New York and in New York City. The authors draw on extensive research on New York's political life, from the town and county level to the state Assembly and Senate, and include profiles of the groups who were active in state politics in the early nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Man, a Movement, and Methodsp. 3
"His Story Is Told": A Politician in Retreatp. 21
The "First Fruits of the New Constitution": The Troubles of the Party in Powerp. 62
Towards a "Revolution in Public Opinion": The Clintonian Contribution to an Opposition Positionp. 88
"A More Temperate State of Things": The Emergence of an Opposition Movementp. 117
"The Gordian Knot": Public Opinion and the Politics of Legislative Blockagep. 149
"One Republic Not Ungrateful": The Shadow of Magistracy Lengthens across Generationsp. 181
"New York Is Now an Empire": The Utica Convention and the Affirmation of Commercep. 213
"Root Cried Yesterday": The Workings and Aftermath of Victoryp. 244
Relationship Categoriesp. 289
Tablesp. 293
Notesp. 309
A Brief Note on Bibliographiesp. 405
Indexp. 407
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