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Author Crocker, Matthew H., 1962-

Title The magic of the many : Josiah Quincy and the rise of mass politics in Boston, 1800-1830 / Matthew H. Crocker
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1999]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 222 pages)
Contents The Setting for Insurgency / New England Federalism on the Attack: The Washington Benevolent Society and turning Gardens into Republican Farms, 1800-1819 -- Militiamen, Debtors, Downeasterners, and "Demigods" : The Ingredients for Insurgent Activism and Federalism on the Defensive -- Boston Rebels Again: Local Challenges to the Federalist Order -- "Popular Hallucinations" "Ten-footers," and "Lordly Nabobs" : The Middling Interest Leadership and Coalitional Unity -- The Mayoral Election of 1822 and the Triumph of the Middling Interest -- "The Siege of Boston is once more raised": The Betrayal of the Insurgency's Mayor and Federalist Death Spasms -- Personal Partisanship, Political Fragmentation, and the Politics of Public Persona -- Boston's Caesar and the Formation of the Modern Municipal State: Reform, Renewal and Order -- Conclusion
Summary "A Study of Partisan politics and class conflict in early nineteenth-century Boston, this book traces the history of a popular revolt against an entrenched ruling elite. Led by an unlikely populist, patrician Josiah Quincy, the rebellion against the reigning Federalist party not only altered the political landscape of Boston but also signalled the advent of the Jacksonian Age." "In the end, Crocker argues, Quincy and the insurgency he led left an ambiguous legacy. On the one hand, as Boston's "Great Mayor," Quincy established himself as one of the nineteenth century's most powerful and dictatorial city executives. On the other, the populist movement that toppled the Federalist party in Boston presaged a new kind of American politics that would soon spread throughout the nation."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-215) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864.
Mayors -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Biography.
Political culture -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 19th century.
Boston (Mass.) -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585325707 (electronic bk.)
9780585325705 (electronic bk.)
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