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The magic of the many : Josiah Quincy and the rise of mass politics in Boston, 1800-1830 /
Matthew H. Crocker.
imprint
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1999.
description
xiv, 222 p. : map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1558492224 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c1999.
isbn
1558492224 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3723322
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-215) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
A reworked doctoral dissertation, Crocker's book is an excellent political history of Boston in the first third of the 19th century. It is a study of the death knell of the Federalist Party, which held on in Boston long after it was dead elsewhere; of the abandonment of deferential politics and the political rise of the democratic masses; and of the struggle between Harrison Gray Otis and Josiah Quincy for control of the political heart of the newly chartered City of Boston. From the author's perspective, these struggles reflected the rise of the democratic movement that was sweeping the country in this period. The Federalists were deemed antidemocratic, oligarchic, and aristocratic. When, under the leadership of Otis, the party ignored the populace, it rose up and gained a legislative charter, moving Boston from a town to a city. The political activists formed a third party and turned to Josiah Quincy, a reforming Federalist, who had offered the citizenry political support and leadership. His six years in the office of mayor is a classic study in the rise and corruption of political power. Recommended for all academic libraries. All levels. J. J. Fox Jr.; Salem State College
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A study of partisan politics and class conflict in early nineteenth-century Boston, this book traces the history of a popular revolt against an entrenched ruling elite. Led by an unlikely populist, patrician Josiah Quincy, the rebellion against the reigning Federalist party not only altered the political landscape of Boston but also signalled the advent of the Jacksonian Age.According to Matthew H. Crocker, Boston in the early republic was a city divided by opposing conceptions of democracy. While the Federalist elite struggled to uphold traditional notions of deference to authority, anti-Federalist insurgents rejected the idea of hierarchy and embraced a commitment to political equality. The challenge to the established order eventually coalesced around Josiah Quincy, who reversed his longstanding political loyalties and forged a popular coalition that broke the hegemony of the Federalist party. Elected in 1823 as Boston's second mayor, Quincy dominated the city's politics for nearly a decadebefore the,people who had brought him to power turned against him.In the end, Crocker argues, Quincy and the insurgency he led left an ambiguous legacy. On the one hand, as Boston's "Great Mayor, " Quincy established himself as one of the nineteenth century's most powerful and dictatorial city executives. On the other, the populist movement that toppled the Federalist party in Boston presaged a new kind of American politics that would soon spread throughout the nation.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Militiamen, Debtors, Downeasterners, and "Demigods": The Ingredients for Insurgent Activism and Federalism on the Defensivep. 24
Boston Rebels Again: Local Challenges to the Federalist Orderp. 45
"The Siege of Boston is Once More Raised": The Betrayal of the Insurgency's Mayor and Federalist Death Spasmsp. 97
Personal Partisanship, Political Fragmentation, and the Politics of Public Personap. 117
Boston's Caesar and the Formation of the Modern Municipal State: Reform, Renewal and Orderp. 132
Conclusionp. 149
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 217
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