[Marxism] Pre U.S. civil-war protectionism

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Wed Feb 4 21:50:09 MST 2004

Huston is a first rate historian, who writes political history with a
genuine sense that some people are involved in it who just might not be
politicians.  His _The Panic of 1857 and the Coming of the Civil War_
(1987) argues that the economic depression was one of the things that
pushed voters, especially workingclass voters towards the new Republican
Party.  Aside form certain ethnic clusters--the New York City Irish, for
example--large sections of the workers did become Republicans during
Lincoln's day.

I think both these immediate conditions and "the American system" (the
old Whig slogan for protectionism) were factors, but I think that land
reform was inseparable from workingclass motives...as was the plain,
simple fact that, when all was said and done, the bulk of any laboring
class will find slavery ultimately unacceptable.

Mark L.

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