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By William J. Cooper Jr.

ISBN-10: 0807107751

ISBN-13: 9780807107751

Reporting on attitudes and reactions in all of the 11 states that have been to shape the Confederacy, William Cooper lines and analyzes the background of southern politics from the formation of the Democratic celebration within the overdue 1820s to the cessation of the Deocratic-Whig fight within the 1850s. He bases his examine on broad learn of local political manuscripts and newspapers.

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Niles Register, XLII (October 20, 1832), 124-25; Peter V. Daniel to Martin Van Buren, July 12, 1832, in Van Buren Papers; Richmond Enquirer, spring, 1832, passim. 18 The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828 -1856 wishes, the general might turn against Virginia. Emphasizing these points Andrew Stevenson, junto member, speaker of the national House of Representatives, and Van Buren confidant, told Thomas Ritchie that Barbour must be kept off the ticket in Virginia. Virginia must support Van Buren; doing so, according to Stevenson, would give Virginia renewed leadership in the party by indebting Van Buren to Virginia.

Not until 1851 did Virginia, as a part of a broad constitutional reformation of the commonwealth's traditional political organization, confer the right to vote on all adult white males. Prior to the constitution of 1851 property qualifications had probably disfranchised between onethird and one-half of Virginia's white males. After 1835 candidates for state offices generally had to meet no special qualifications. The practice in Virginia and South Carolina of maintaining property qualifications for legislators and governor to 1851 and to 1861 respectively was distinctly unusual.

Claiborne found "the sovereigns themselves" listening carefully to the orators; Claiborne specifically stated that the crowd did not stray from the speaker's platform. A political world away—southside Virginia in 1827—a northern-born Presbyterian minister was struck by the interaction between speakers and audience during stump-speaking occasions. Andrew Johnson, an alert and ambitious young Tennessee legislator, came to the conclusion in 1841 that "the day has passed by, when men aspiring to high places, can be sustained without making a fair expose of their of [sic] political creed when required by the people to do so/'26 John S.

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