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The origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856 /
William E. Gienapp.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
description
xi, 564 p. : maps.
ISBN
0195041003
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
isbn
0195041003
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1085387
 
Bibliography: p. 449-474.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
William E. Gienapp is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wyoming
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1987-12:
Gienapp (University of Wyoming) has written the most important single book on the origins of the Republican party. He covers the disintegration of the Second Party System and the subsequent emergence of the Third Party System from the presidential election of 1852, won by the Democrats over the Whigs, through that of 1856, also won by the Democrats. This was the election in which the Republicans, the first sectional major party, established themselves as the primary opposition party. Gienapp analyzes the interplay between sectional and cultural issues, the role of fusion tickets, and the rivalry between the American and Republican parties as opponents of the Democrats in the North. He deals with national as well as state and local politics, and with ideology and voting behavior (especially in nine free states). His study rests on exhaustive research in primary sources, a careful reading of secondary works, and detailed analyses of election and population data. Gienapp's case is presented effectively: documentation is offered in footnotes, rather than endnotes; the bibliography contains a discussion of important secondary works; a statistical appendix deals with sources and techniques; election analyses are presented in16 maps and 127 tables. Thoughtfully argued and well written, this study is a must acquisition for university, college, and all but the smallest public libraries.-S.T. McSeveney, Vanderbilt University
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"[The] definitive political history of the early 1850s....Gienapp offers fresh, new interpretations of Republican beginnings. His chapter on ideology is superb. The bibliography is exhaustive. This is scholarly history at its finest."--Library Journal"A magnificent achievement. Its sweep is broad, its research astonishingly thorough, its command of detail superb, its analysis compelling. This is absolutely the best book about the formation of the Republican Party ever written."--Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia"A monumental work of prodigious scholarship, destined to remain the last word on the subject for years to come."--Richard H. Sewell, University of Wisconsin, Madison"Exhaustively researched, cogently argued...indispensable."--Paul Goodman, University of California, Davis"The most complete description and analysis of the Republican party we have ever had."--John H. Silbey, Cornell University"This book provides one of the clearest narratives and analyses of the complex processes by which the American political system was profoundly transformed in the 1850s and the country set on a collision course toward civil war."--James M. McPherson, Princeton University"No American political historian has yet combined such thorough research...with such an impressive modern statistical underpinning."--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography"Scholarly history at its finest."--Choice"The most important single book on the origins of the Republican party. His study rests on exhaustive research in primary sources, a careful reading of secondary works, and detailed analyses of election and population data....Thoughtfully argued and well written."--Choice"[A] stunning achievement....Should become the definitive account of the Republican party's origins through 1856....The breadth and depth of Gienapp's analysis, its clear depiction of men and events, and its ability to untangle the most convoluted party controversies will gain for this book a wide readership among all those interested in the coming of the Civil War."--History: Reviews of New Books
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Summaries
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Gienapp powerfully demonstrates that the organization of the Republican party was a difficult, complex, and lengthy process, and explains why, even after an inauspicious beginning, it ultimately became a potent political force.
Main Description
The 1850s saw in America the breakdown of the Jacksonian party system in the North and the emergence of a new sectional party--the Republicans--that succeeded the Whigs in the nation's two-party system. This monumental work uses demographic, voting, and other statistical analysis as well as the more traditional methods and sources of political history to trace the realignment of American politics in the 1850s and the birth of the Republican party. Gienapp powerfully demonstrates that the organization of the Republican party was a difficult, complex, and lengthy process and explains why, even after an inauspicious beginning, it ultimately became a potent political force. The study also reveals the crucial role of ethnocultural factors in the collapse of the second party system and thoroughly analyzes the struggle between nativism and antislavery for political dominance in the North. The volume concludes with the decisive triumph of the Republican party over the rival American party in the 1856 presidential election. Far-reaching in scope yet detailed in analysis, this is the definitive work on the formation of the Republican party in antebellum America.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
The Presidential Election of 1852p. 13
The Collapse of the Second Party Systemp. 37
Nebraska and Nativismp. 69
The Confusion of Fusionp. 103
The Failure of Fusionp. 129
New Issues, New Leaders, New Organizationsp. 167
Launching the Republican Partyp. 189
The Formation of a National Party Organizationp. 239
Spring Breakthroughp. 273
The Nomination of Fremontp. 305
Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men, Fremontp. 347
The Fremont Campaignp. 375
A Victorious Defeatp. 413
Bibliographyp. 449
Statistical Appendixp. 475
Tablesp. 482
Indexp. 553
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