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Titel: Washington County: Politics and Community in Antebellum America
Autor/en: Paul Bourke, Donald A. Debats
Autor/en: Paul Bourke, Donald A. Debats
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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
1. Juni 1998 - kartoniert - 432 Seiten
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As one of dozens of counties in the United States named for the nation's first president, Washington County, Oregon, is hardly unique. But as one of the few counties in the 1850s to practice viva voce voting - in which individual ballots are announced publicly rather than recorded in secret - it produced records that offer historians a rare opportunity to explore political, social, and cultural trends in American history in the crucial years that preceded the Civil War. Washington County, a fairly typical laboratory of democracy, gathered together a broad cross-section of antebellum America - rich and poor, Northerners and Southerners, Protestants and Catholics, old natives and new immigrants. Correlating hundreds of individual voting records and voluminous social, cultural, and economic data, Paul Bourke and Donald DeBats take full advantage of the evidence and supply us with an unprecedented study of how people in the 1850s developed political identities and made political choices. In this long-awaited book, Bourke and DeBats show in compelling richness of detail how these decisions more often resulted from private considerations than from the highly publicized appeals of parties and their candidates. Washington County offers us a wonderful example of how the reconfiguring of political and social history can lead to new levels of understanding.
Paul Bourke is professor of history in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. Donald DeBats is professor of American Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
A study of the relationship between culture and political participation. Bourke and DeBats are able to take scholarly understanding beyond that gained from aggregate voting returns because of the happy survival of a near-complete set of pollbooks, the written records of votes given by voice in Washington County elections between 1855 and 1860. -- Dean L. May Pacific Northwest Quarterly A richly detailed and valuable portrait of an American community in the making... Few historians have been more diligent than Paul Bourke and Donald DeBats in reconstructing an American community by linking together a mass of data on its citizens, mapping its neighborhoods, and analyzing political life. American Historical Review Bourke and DeBats weave data from a real treasure-trove... to produce one of the finest social histories of politics ever written... The authors explore the effects of a variety of social and economic variables upon voters' degrees of partisanship and depth of political participation. Any summary fails to do justice to the complexity of their findings... It is beautifully written, set up to be read in such a way that a conflict between two of the settlers which resulted in a murder trial can be viewed as an allegory for the county's political development. In short, it uniquely integrates electoral and social history. It will have widespread appeal, both to professional historians and laypeople. Register of the Kentucky Historical Societ It is one of the significant contributions of this book that the research tool of viva voce voting permits the individual data from poll books to be linked to political behavior of various dimensions as well as to other measurable aspects of individual behavior, whether religion or economic status. The authors painstakingly develop these materials into a finely grained snapshot of Washington County... Throughout, Washington County scintillates with suggestive insights that make it an important contribution to American history. Reviews in American History
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