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Birth of The Grand Old Party: The Republicans’ First Generation
Robert F. Engs (ed); Randall M. Miller (ed); James M. McPherson (ad)
The period from 1850 to 1876 was the most transformative era in American history. During this turbulent quarter century a major political realignment occurred with the collapse of the “second American party system” & the emergence of a new party, the Republican party (RP). But the defeat of slavery -- the chief catalyst for the birth of the RP -- was at best a limited success. This collection of 6 essays by distinguished historians of the Civil War examines the origin & evolution of the RP over the course of its first generation. The essays consider the RP in terms of its identity, interests, ideology, images, & individuals, always with an eye to the ways the RP influenced mid-19th-cent. concerns over national character, political power, race, & civil rights. Illus.
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