By Jean H. Baker

Affairs of social gathering, Jean Baker asserts, have been a imperative function of public lifestyles in nineteenth-century the USA. during this ebook she explores the best way the Northern Democrats of the mid-eighteen 1000s lived their public lives. She starts with a psychobiographical clarification of ways humans turned Democrats, weighing the significance of such affects as schooling and relations lifestyles. She then discusses significant components that set Democrats except contributors of alternative political businesses: a changed Republican ideology adapted to the conditions of the Civil struggle, and a mordant racism conveyed such a lot strikingly via minstrelsy. ultimately, Baker reports the missed topic of partisan habit, focusing on the importance of parades, vote casting, and different rituals. In Affairs of celebration Jean Baker brings jointly the 3 easy elements of a political culture-education, concept, and behavior-and presents an figuring out of the collective values of Northern Democrats and an perception into the elusive that means of occasion adventure. In her new preface, Professor Baker areas her booklet within the context of either fresh scholarship and up to date political and cultural advancements.

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Dissertation, University of Illinois, 1969), pp. S. Political Parties, ed. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (New York: Chelsea House, 1973), 1: 497-571; William J. D. dissertation, Columbia University, 1952); Roy F. Nichols, The Disruption of American Democracy (New York: Macmillan, 1948), p. 57. Page 22 Americans. Over the years the party had come to offer a particular mode of public life what might be called a subculture and through it supporters defined the situations and circumstances in which their political actions took place.

86-93; Gerald Pomper, Elections in America: Control and Influence in Democratic Politics (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1968), p. 268. D. dissertation, University of Illinois, 1969), pp. S. Political Parties, ed. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (New York: Chelsea House, 1973), 1: 497-571; William J. D. dissertation, Columbia University, 1952); Roy F. Nichols, The Disruption of American Democracy (New York: Macmillan, 1948), p. 57. Page 22 Americans. Over the years the party had come to offer a particular mode of public life what might be called a subculture and through it supporters defined the situations and circumstances in which their political actions took place.

8 Hence the relation between elite and mass, leader and follower, public issue and private concern, the one so visible, the other so obscured, was more that of a sculptor giving form to local materials than of a peddler hawking preformed wares. When leaders adopted the latter role and no longer 7 Roger Cobb and Charles D. Elder, Participation in American Politics: The Dynamics of Agenda Building (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1972), p. 2. , The American Voter (New York: John Wiley, 1960, pp. : Free Press, 1959); Robert Axelrod, "The Structure of Public Opinion on Policy Issues," Public Opinion Quarterly 31 (Spring 1967): 51-60; Dale Baum, "Know-Nothingism and the Republican Party in Massachusetts: The Political Realignment of the 1850s," Journal of American History 64 (March 1978): 959-86.

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