A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824--1861

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Though antebellum Louisiana shared the rest of the South's commitment to slavery and cotton, the presence of a substantial sugarcane industry, large Creole and Catholic populations, numerous foreign and northern immigrants, and the immense city of New Orleans made it perhaps the most unsouthern of southern states. John M. Sacher's A Perfect War of Politics explores why Louisiana joined its neighbors in seceding from the Union in early 1861 and offers the first comprehensive study of the state's antebellum political parties and their interaction with the electorate. Sacher shows that, although civic participation expanded beyond the elite from 1824 to 1861, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy." Ultimately, he explains, an obsession with defending white men's liberty led Louisiana's politicians to support secession. Sacher's welcome study provides a fresh, grass-roots perspective on the political causes of the Civil War and confirms the dominant role regional politics played in antebellum Louisiana.

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John M. Sacher is an assistant professor of history at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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Book Description Louisiana State Univ Pr. Paperback. Condition: New. 331 pages. Dimensions: 8.6in. x 5.8in. x 1.2in.Winner of the 2003 Kemper and Leila Williams Award Though antebellum Louisiana shared the rest of the Souths commitment to slavery and cotton, the presence of a substantial sugarcane industry, large Creole and Catholic populations, numerous foreign and northern immigrants, and the immense city of New Orleans made it perhaps the most unsouthern of southern states. John M. Sachers A Perfect War of Politics explores why Louisiana joined its neighbors in seceding from the Union in early 1861 and offers the first comprehensive study of the states antebellum political parties and their interaction with the electorate. Sacher shows that, although civic participation expanded beyond the elite from 1824 to 1861, Louisiana remained a white mens democracy. Ultimately, he explains, an obsession with defending white mens liberty led Louisianas politicians to support secession. Sachers welcome study provides a fresh, grass-roots perspective on the political causes of the Civil War and confirms the dominant role regional politics played in antebellum Louisiana. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK Sacher connects a history of individual politicians to a social history of politics that attends to class, religion, region, and gender. A Perfect War of Politics provides a much-needed road map to the political history of a state where politics is famous for its complexity. --Journal of Southern History A worthy contribution to the study of nineteenth-century Louisiana and the politics of the antebellum South. All who hope to understand the conflicts and nuances in Louisiana history must examine this important work. --American Historical Review Sachers well-written study of antebellum Louisiana is an important and necessary read for historians of the era. It will almost certainly become the standard interpretation of that state during the antebellum period, a status that it well deserves. --Civil War Book Review A fine addition to scholarship on the Second Party System. --Journal of the Early Republic This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780807132425

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