Synopses & Reviews
Though antebellum Louiiana hared the ret of the outh' commitment to lavery and cotton, the preence of a ubtantial ugarcane indutry, large Creole and Catholic population, numerou foreign and northern immigrant, and the immene city of New Orlean made it perhap the mot unouthern of outhern tate. John M. acher' A Perfect War of Politic explore why Louiiana joined it neighbor in eceding from the Union in early 1861 and offer the firt comprehenive tudy of the tate' antebellum political partie and their interaction with the electorate. acher how that, although civic participation expanded beyond the elite from 1824 to 1861, Louiiana remained a "white men' democracy." Ultimately, he explain, an obeion with defending white men' liberty led Louiiana' politician to upport eceion. acher' welcome tudy provide a freh, gra-root perpective on the political caue of the Civil War and confirm the dominant role regional politic played in antebellum Louiiana.
Though antebellum Louisiana shared the rest of the South's commitment to slavery and cotton, the presence of a substantial sugarcane industry, large Creole and Catholic populations, numerous foreign and northern immigrants, and the immense city of New Orleans made it perhaps the most unsouthern of southern states. John M. Sacher's A Perfect War of Politics explores why Louisiana joined its neighbors in seceding from the Union in early 1861 and offers the first comprehensive study of the state's antebellum political parties and their interaction with the electorate. Sacher shows that, although civic participation expanded beyond the elite from 1824 to 1861, Louisiana remained a "white men's democracy." Ultimately, he explains, an obsession with defending white men's liberty led Louisiana's politicians to support secession. Sacher's welcome study provides a fresh, grass-roots perspective on the political causes of the Civil War and confirms the dominant role regional politics played in antebellum Louisiana.