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“This Nebraska Business Will Entirely Denationalize the Whig Party”

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/9780195161045.003.0022
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

On December 14, Iowa's Democratic Senator Augustus Dodge introduced a bill to organize the area west of Missouri and Iowa into a Nebraska Territory. The seemingly innocuous bill was immediately sent ... More


Two Universities of Chicago, 1857–1892

John W. Boyer

in The University of Chicago: A History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226242514
eISBN:
9780226242651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226242651.003.0002
Subject:
Education, History of Education

This chapter describes the founding of the first University of Chicago in the 1850s and its subsequent financial and organizational woes, which led to its collapse in 1886. It then explains how a ... More


“We Regarded You as Brothers”: Defeat and Division

Michael Todd Landis

in Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453267
eISBN:
9780801454837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453267.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the Northern Democratic Party's disastrous showing in the 1858 elections and the division that beleaguered the party. It discusses the Democratic regulars' conflict with Stephen ... More


“Though the Heavens Fall”: 1860 and Beyond

Michael Todd Landis

in Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453267
eISBN:
9780801454837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453267.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the fate of the Northern Democratic Party after 1860. Democrats assembled in Charleston on April 23, 1860 for the national convention. Regular Democrats scored a victory on the ... More


“Fidelity and Firmness”: Northern Democrats and the Crises of 1850

Michael Todd Landis

in Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453267
eISBN:
9780801454837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453267.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the role of “faithful” Northern Democrats, dubbed “doughfaces”—those who remained loyal to the regular organization and the Southern leadership in the 1848 elections—in the ... More


General Jackson Is Dead: James Buchanan, Stephen A. Douglas, and Kansas Policy

NICOLE ETCHESON

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

When Kansas Territory applied for statehood under the proslavery Lecompton Constitution, the political controversy split the Democratic Party between President James Buchanan and Senator Stephen A. ... More


President James Buchanan: Executive Leadership and the Crisis of the Democracy

MICHAEL A. MORRISON

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter assesses James Buchanan’s executive leadership and the state of the Democratic Party during his presidency. It focuses on the 1856 election, the battle over the Lecompton Constitution, ... More


An F Street Mess: Federal Living Arrangements and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

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/9781469610856.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter focuses on Stephen A. Douglas, described by one newspaper correspondent as “very short in stature, but of such physical proportions, aside from this lack, as instantly to attract the ... More


Senatorial Junta

Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

in The F Street Mess: How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635521
eISBN:
9781469635538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635521.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter examines the institutional power of the F Street Mess during the 33rd Congress including their influence over President Franklin Pierce and Stephen Douglas, the author of the proposed ... More


James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Michael J. Birkner and John W. Quist (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

As James Buchanan took office in 1857 the United States stood at a crossroads. A potential Union-breaking presidential election result had been averted. The Democratic Party maintained its control of ... More


The Pursuit of Whiteness: Property, Terror, and National Expansion, 1790–1860

David R. Roediger

in Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520233416
eISBN:
9780520930803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520233416.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter uses a dramatic moment in the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates as a window through which to survey the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in recent writings on whiteness, expansion, and terror ... More


The Power to Repeal

Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

in The F Street Mess: How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635521
eISBN:
9781469635538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635521.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter examines how the F Street Mess managed the floor debate and passage of the Kansas-Nebraska bill in the United States Senate. The chapter pays particular attention to Douglas and the ... More


Lincoln, Douglas, and Popular Sovereignty: The Mormon Dimension

John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer, and Dawn Vogel

in Lincoln Revisited: New Insights from the Lincoln Forum

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823227365
eISBN:
9780823240869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823227365.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The famed 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas centered on Douglas's strident defense of popular sovereignty. Douglas defended the right of citizens of Kansas Territory to vote ... More


Nebraska

Alice Elizabeth Malavasic

in The F Street Mess: How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635521
eISBN:
9781469635538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635521.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the discovery of the South Pass through the Rocky Mountains and its impact on western expansion. It also looks at the growing sectional divisions over slavery’s expansion, the ... More


An Engine for Freedom: Popular Sovereignty and Political Convergence

Adam I. P. Smith

in The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633893
eISBN:
9781469633909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633893.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter shows how the doctrine of popular sovereignty retained political appeal even after the Kansas Nebraska Act. It provided the basis for a possible resolution of the national crisis by ... More


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

Rachel A. Shelden

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469610856
eISBN:
9781469612683
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469610863_Shelden
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Traditional portrayals of politicians in antebellum Washington, D.C., describe a violent and divisive society, full of angry debates and violent duels, a microcosm of the building animosity ... More


Two Transformative Decades: 1848–1868

Frank Cicero Jr.

in Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041679
eISBN:
9780252050343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041679.003.0006
Subject:
History, Political History

Chapter 5 summarizes important events in Illinois between 1848 and 1868, including population growth in the Chicago area and a shift in the state’s demographics. The major political debate, both ... More


Reluctant Secessionists: The Irish, Southern Politics, and the Birth of the Confederacy

David T. Gleeson

in The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469607566
eISBN:
9781469612508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469607566.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the political participation of Irish immigrants in the South. Even as late as 1860, many were loyal to the national Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Stephen ... More


Great and Terrible Realities

David L. Lightner

in Slavery and the Commerce Power: How the Struggle Against the Interstate Slave Trade Led to the Civil War

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300114706
eISBN:
9780300135169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300114706.003.0007
Subject:
History, Social History

Most historians now believe that the Civil War arose due to the South's insistence on holding black people in slavery. Sectional strife was primarily about the territorial question. Stephen Douglas ... More


Fear on the Campaign Trail: The Election of 1860

Adam I. P. Smith

in The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633893
eISBN:
9781469633909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633893.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the campaign strategies of the two main presidential candidates in the free states in the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Both appealed to voters’ desire ... More


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