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“The Present Administration Are Your Best Recruiting Officers”

Michael F. Holt

in The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161045
eISBN:
9780199849635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161045.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

One Massachusetts Whig lamented after Henry Clay's shocking defeat. His despair about the party's continued viability was widely shared. Many historians have accepted these Whig obituary notices as ... More


Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Fred I. Greenstein

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The United States witnessed an unprecedented failure of its political system in the mid-nineteenth century, resulting in a disastrous civil war that claimed the lives of an estimated 750,000 ... More


What Difference Did the President Make?

Fred I. Greenstein and Dale Anderson

in Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The Civil War era posed profound challenges to the six presidents. There is widespread agreement that Abraham Lincoln met that test in a superlative manner while Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan ... More


James K. Polk

Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

in The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300121261
eISBN:
9780300145380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300121261.003.0016
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter focuses on James K. Polk, a Jacksonian Democrat from Tennessee who was often called “Young Hickory.” His assertive philosophy of presidential power mirrored that of his colloquial ... More


The Presidential Difference in the Civil War Era

Fred I. Greenstein and Dale Anderson

in Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151991
eISBN:
9781400846412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to use the period from the Mexican–American War to the Civil War (1846–1865) as a stage to assess the strengths and weaknesses of six American ... More


A Perfect Tower of Babel: The Culture of Congress and the Wilmot Proviso

Rachel A. Shelden

in Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469610856
eISBN:
9781469612683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469610856.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter shows how the Whig Party both in and outside of Congress strongly opposed the war, often accusing President James K. Polk of provoking Mexican retaliation. Yet Democrats were generally ... More


More Conventions

Spencer W. McBride

in Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780190909413
eISBN:
9780197572436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909413.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

This chapter follows the events of the contested Democratic nominating convention of 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland. Martin Van Buren entered the convention as the favorite but faced stiff competition ... More


Religion and Recruitment

John C. Pinheiro

in Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199948673
eISBN:
9780199380794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948673.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter outlines Polk’s war strategy and summarizes the first two months of the war, including the Siege of Matamoros and the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. The main focus is the ... More


Religion and Wartime Politics

John C. Pinheiro

in Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199948673
eISBN:
9780199380794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948673.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Coming on the heels of over ten years of heightened anti-Catholic activity, the Mexican-American War held explosive religious implications from the very beginning. By 1846 the vocabulary of ... More


Election, Manifest Destiny, and War

John C. Pinheiro

in Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199948673
eISBN:
9780199380794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948673.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

1. With Congress unable to decide on Texas annexation before its summer recess, the elections of 1844 promised to double as a referendum on Texas. Whigs and Democrats realized they would have to ... More


Migrations and Transformations

Andrew J. Torget

in Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624242
eISBN:
9781469624266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624242.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This epilogue details events following the annexation of Texas to the United States. Topics covered include President James K. Polk's efforts to wrest California from Mexico—and all the lucrative ... More


Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War

John C. Pinheiro

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199948673
eISBN:
9780199380794
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948673.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

“Manifest Destiny“ and American republicanism relied on a deeply racialist and anti-Catholic civil-religious discourse. This book traces the rise to prominence of this discourse beginning in the ... More


Emporium of a New World

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City by the Bay

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520268807
eISBN:
9780520948877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268807.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

San Francisco Bay in the early 1850s presented a sight seldom seen in the history of the world: a veritable forest of masts rising from hundreds of abandoned ships. With the gradual stabilization of ... More


Aftermath

Spencer W. McBride

in Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780190909413
eISBN:
9780197572436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909413.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

This chapter describes the aftermath of the assassination of Joseph Smith. This aftermath includes mourning and a funeral in Nauvoo, debates over who should succeed Smith as the president of the ... More


Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom

Spencer W. McBride

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780190909413
eISBN:
9780197572436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909413.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

In 1844, Joseph Smith, the controversial founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had amassed a national following of some 25,000 believers—and a militia of some 2,500 men. In this ... More


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