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Martin Van Buren & the Making of the Democratic Party (Cloth) Hardcover – March 1, 1959

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Early Printing edition (March 1, 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231022883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231022880
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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For those political propagandists, including this writer, interested in an independent working class political realignment in American politics an important point to understand is the way that political realignments are created- and taken advantage of. Thus a little look at history, in this case the history of American parliamentary politics, is called for. For openers that study will show that such dramatic politcal shifts do not occur often so that we had better be prepared when and if it happens. Elsewhere in this space I have commented on the creation of the Republican Party from the remnants of the Whigs, Free Soilers, disaffected Northern Democrats and other forces just prior to the Civil War. (See Review of Free Soil, Free Labor by Eric Foner in an entry entitled The Heroic Age of the Republican Party). The book under review here is a detailed look at the creation of the Democratic Party in the mid 1820's that was solidified by the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828. And what better place to look at how that occurred that at the career of the master mind of that creation Martin Van Buren, who would ultimately benefit by that realignment himself both as Vice President in Jackson's second term and as his immediate successor as president in 1836.

This book is narrowly focused on the creation of the Democratic Party and Van Buren's role in it. Thus the time frame for the work is essentially limited to the elections of 1824 and 1828. The story as it unfolds here shows that Van Buren did not come to prominence out of thin air but had done yeoman's work in creating the embryo of the Democratic Party in New York State with the famous Albany Regency that controlled, or attempted to control, New York politics during this period.
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