William Lowndes and the transition of Southern politics, 1782-1822 /
Carl J. Vipperman.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1989.
xix, 326 p. --
0807818267 (alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1989.
0807818267 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-09:
Vipperman delineates the political perspective of the planter aristocracy, especially as reflected by the politicians who came to power in 1810. Lowndes himself, unfortunately, remains a shadowy figure because he burned almost all his correspondence; little could be done to flesh out his character. So soft-spoken was he that his fellow congressmen were forced to leave their seats in order to catch his remarks. This made his political impact fleeting at best. The book represents the current state of the art of research into antebellum politics: closely argued presentations aimed at avoiding the long shadows of giants such as John C. Calhoun in order to demonstrate the experiences of the contemporaries and the constituencies who supported the Calhouns and constituted the Southern establishment. Readers who expect to learn extensive details about the career of this minor southern politician will be disappointed. The work is best read in conjunction with Lacy Ford's Origins of Southern Radicalism (CH, Jun '89). For college and university libraries supporting programs in southern history and politics. -J. H. O'Donnell III, Marietta College
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