The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

By Richard Hofstadter

A revised version of the clasic examine of yankee politics from the Founding Fathers to FDR.

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It used to be common, then, that he may still undertake wholeheartedly the normal get together of the militant South, that his first political reason may be the undying factor of the cotton-growers—free exchange. As Wilson’s political roots have been Southern, his highbrow traditions have been English. He cherished the self-conscious traditionalism of the British thinkers. His heroes between statesmen have been conservatives and Manchesterians: Burke, Gladstone, Cobden, brilliant; between thinkers, Walter Bagehot, and that transplanted Englishman E.

The lifetime of agitation had its hazards. Mobs him approximately, and Phillips, who had as soon as been welcome on the stylish doorways of the main unique houses in Boston, discovered to slide out of the rear exits of church buildings and lecture halls and make his strategy to protection via part streets and slim alleyways. He grew to become the favourite aim of the agents’ clerks and cotton investors’ minions who frequently packed his conferences for activity. within the iciness of 1860–1 he was once mobbed 3 times inside of a month and can were killed yet for a bodyguard of husky younger Turnvereiners who shaped a cordon round him.

In 1884 a few dissident Republicans, who have been robust within the strategic kingdom of recent York, the place the electoral vote was once perilously shut, refused to swallow Blaine’s candidacy and helped decide on Cleveland. yet no matter what those Mugwumps contributed to Cleveland’s victory, monetary radicalism was once no a part of it; certainly, a great a part of Cleveland’s attraction for them consisted within the indisputable fact that he yielded not anything to the Republican management in conservatism. The destiny of political reform used to be paralleled via the failure of financial reform.

Like lots of the bad in his a part of the rustic, Thomas Lincoln was once a Jacksonian Democrat, and his son before everything authorized his politics. yet it slow in the course of his eighteenth or 19th yr Abraham went via a political conversion, grew to become a countrywide Republican, and forged his first vote, in 1832, for Henry Clay. The nationwide Republican (later Whig) social gathering used to be the occasion of inner advancements, solid forex, and conservative banking; Lincoln lived in a rustic that wanted all 3. no doubt there have been additionally own elements in his determination.

Benjamin F. Perry, a sour political opponent, testified to his kindness, yet saw: “He loved a great deal to speak of himself. ” He stored his attraction and indulgence really for girls and youngsters, whose international, one imagines, he thought of to be a global fullyyt except the intense issues of existence. there's a short and touching photograph of him at his daughter’s marriage ceremony removal the embellishes of a cake to avoid wasting them for a bit baby. it is simple sufficient to think that he by no means spoke impatiently to any member of his kinfolk, for he may well continually discharge his aggressions upon a senator.

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