The Paradox of Progress: Economic Change, Individual Enterprise, and Political Culture in Michigan, 1837-1878
Ohio University Press, 2003 - 324 Seiten
Americans have long recognized the central importance of the nineteenth-century Republican party in preserving the Union, ending slavery, and opening the way for industrial capitalism. On the surface, the story seems straightforward -- the party's "free labor" ethos, embracing the opportunity that free soil presented for social and economic mobility, and condemning the danger that slavery in the territories posed for that mobility, foreshadowed the GOP's later devotion to unfettered enterprise and industrial capitalism. In reality, however, the narrative thread is not so linear. This work examines the contradiction that lay at the heart of the supremely influential ideology of the early Republican party. The Paradox of Progress explores one of the most profound changes in American history -- the transition from the anti-market, anti-monopoly, and democratic ideology of Jacksonian America to the business-dominated politics and unregulated excesses of Gilded Age capitalism.
Guiding this transformation was the nineteenth-century Republican party. Drawing heavily from both the pro-market commitments of the early Whig party and the anti-capitalist culture of Jackson's Democratic party, the early Republican party found itself torn between these competing values. Nowhere was this contested process more obvious or more absorbing than in Civil War-era Michigan, the birthplace of the Republican party.
In The Paradox of Progress, a fascinating look at the central factors underlying the history of the GOP, Martin Hershock reveals how in their determination to resolve their ideological dilemma, Republicans of the Civil War era struggled to contrive a formula that wo uld enable them to win popular elections and to model America's acceptance of Gilded Age capitalism.
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
Es wurden keine Rezensionen gefunden.
We Were then as it were Still in Our Knickerbockers
Free and Independent
This Age is Big With Importance
7 weitere Abschnitte werden nicht angezeigt.
Andere Ausgaben - Alle anzeigen
The Paradox of Progress: Economic Change, Individual Enterprise, and ...
Martin J. Hershock
Eingeschränkte Leseprobe - 2003
actions American Ann Arbor argued August banking believed bill Cass Chandler Citizen Civil constitution continued convention corporations County court Crapo debate delegates Democrats Detroit Advertiser Detroit Free Press early economic efforts election farm farmers February forces Formisano Free-Soil further governor Grand Rapids Historical Historical Collections hope important individual interest issue Jackson Jacksonian James January John July June land Lansing legislative legislature letter liberty Library lines majority March Mass McClelland means measure meeting Michigan Central Michigan Historical movement needed nomination northern noted organization partisan party's passed percent Political Parties principles produced proposed question railroad remained Report represented Republican Party residents result road Robert Senate session Slave slavery social Southern state's Stuart throughout tion Tribune Union United University of Michigan University Press Upper Peninsula vote voters Whig wrote York