Title

The Ironies of Partyism and Antipartyism: Origins of Partisan Political Culture in Jacksonian Illinois

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 1994

ISSN

0748-8149

Publisher

University of Illinois Press on behalf of the Illinois State Historical Society

Language

en-US

Abstract

Illinois entered the Union in 1818 as one of the first self-consciously democratic polities of modern times. That democracy, however, lacked certain institutions that have since come to define democratic politics, primarily a system of mass political parties. Having rejected aristocracy and monarchy in the Revolution, America's republican pioneers nevertheless retained the predemocratic world's universal rejection of parties. Only after the War of 1812 did the American states earnestly begin the cultural redefinition of democracy

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