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By John M. Sacher

Although antebellum Louisiana shared the remainder of the South's dedication to slavery and cotton, the presence of a considerable sugarcane undefined, a wide Creole and Catholic inhabitants, quite a few overseas and northern immigrants, and the tremendous urban of recent Orleans made it probably the main unsouthern of southern states. but, Louisiana in a timely fashion joined its friends in seceding from the Union in early 1861. In an try and comprehend why, John M. Sacher bargains the 1st complete learn of the state's antebellum political events and their interplay with the voters. it's a advanced, colourful tale, one lengthy past due to be informed in its entirety.

From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political approach in keeping with character and ethnicity to a different two-party procedure, with Democrats competing first opposed to Whigs, then recognize Nothings, and at last simply different Deomcrats. Sacher's fast paced narrative describes the ever-changing matters dealing with the events and explains how the presence of slavery formed the state's political panorama. He exhibits that even supposing civic participation extended past the elite, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy."

The safety of white men's liberty, Sacher contends, used to be the typical thread operating all through antebellum Louisiana, and certainly southern, politics. eventually, he argues, this obsession with protecting independence led Louisiana's politicians to affix their southern brethren in seceding from the Union.

Sacher's welcome examine presents a clean, grass-roots point of view at the political reasons of the Civil conflict and confirms the dominant position neighborhood politics performed in antebellum Louisiana.

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His association with the aristocratic caucus, coupled with Louisianians’ unfamiliarity with him, doomed his candidacy in the state. John Quincy Adams’s limited appeal rested upon his record as an experienced statesman, his protariff stance, and his support from New Englanders who had settled in the Florida Parishes. Clay and Jackson proved to be the strongest candidates in Louisiana. Part of their attraction rested on their claims as southwesterners—an important consideration, since for the past twenty-four years Virginians had controlled the presidency.

Suffrage was limited to white males, twentyone years or older, with a residency requirement. Most important, only those who had paid a state tax or had purchased federal land could vote. The legislature held a significant amount of power through a constitutional provision which stipulated that it would choose between the top two popular vote recipients in gubernatorial contests, as well as through a law granting it the authority to cast the state’s electoral votes in presidential elections. Requirements for officeholding were even more stringent than those for suffrage.

Consequently, in the Constitution of 1845 they removed it from the corrupt colossus. They believed that “there is an influence brought to bear 8. Henry Clay to Josiah Johnston, March 11, 1830, CP, 8:178–9. ” This corrupting influence extended to the city’s voters. ”9 The Constitution of 1812 established the ground rules for politics in Louisiana. ” Restrictive suffrage and officeholding provisions contributed to this view. Suffrage was limited to white males, twentyone years or older, with a residency requirement.

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