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Edmund Burke in AmericaThe Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism$
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Drew Maciag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448959

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.001.0001

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American Whigs

American Whigs

A Conservative Response

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(p.73) Chapter 5 American Whigs
Source:
Edmund Burke in America
Author(s):

Drew Maciag

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.003.0006

This chapter details the lives of three prominent men who professed Whig conservative principles with a Burkean twist, as well as the overall politics of the mid-antebellum Whig Party, particularly in contrast to their Democratic rivals. The Whigs discussed in this chapter are Edward Everett (1794–1865), Rufus Choate (1799–1859), and Joseph Story (1779–1845). The careers of all three climaxed during the decades when Edmund Burke's reputation in America had lost most of the ideological valence that had been its signature in the 1790s and had settled into a comparatively nonpartisan legacy of thoughtful statesmanship and masterly rhetoric. None of them, however, is a household name in America today.

Keywords:   Whig Party, Edward Everett, Rufus Choate, Joseph Story, Whig conservative principles, Whigs

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