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The nature of these disagreements amongst party leaders (most notably Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and future presidents such as John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore) take up the majority of space in Holt's 1,200-page account. Instead of relating how general sentiment on major issues (such as territorial expansion and the Compromise of 1850) determined the Whigs' fate, Holt shows how local and statewide political caucuses, party "kingmakers," federal patronage, and special interests created competing factions within the party even before sectionalism fractured cooperation between Northern and Southern wings in 1854. Amidst the diffused levels of power that defined the Federalism of the post-Jacksonian era, Holt concludes that the more popular leaders (such as Taylor and Fillmore) tried to balance competition amongst party factions instead of imposing an ideological "hard line" on sectional issues, a move that alienated many of the party's key ideological supporters. Written in an engaging narrative style with a minimal engagement of abstract theory, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party meticulously reconstructs the byzantine world of 19th-century American politics. --John M. Anderson
for many people they do not know the whigs were the opposition party until the war between the states.. Read morePublished 19 days ago by bob f.
For me this book had way too much information. It was so difficult that I didn't finish it.
I was looking forward to it but it was too much to digest. Read more
Top notch book... It's content is a treasure. Every American must know about one of the most important aspects of this nation's political history. It is in deed an eye opener.Published 4 months ago by Tony
One of my favorite books of all time, this is a brilliant work on the American Whig Party. The ups and the downs, poor Henry Clay, it's all here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jetpack
Be warned that this is a BIG book. But it is absorbing to use to track the collapse of the Whig Party and what seems to be happening to today's GOP. Read morePublished 16 months ago by St. Leigh 2.0
Extreme detail. Lol good reference book. I admire the effort poured into it. I imagine it a must read for anyone involved in political science wanting analysis on influence and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Vizenor
While the book was rather long, it covered a period in American history in which I was looking for details! Dr. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by P J Casey
Holt should be honored for his detailed research. But I have rarely read a history of a topic of interest to me that so tried my patience. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer