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Lillian A. Pereyra
University of Portland (Portland, OR 97203-5798)

Whigs in the Antebellum South

Critical examination and synthesis of material on the Whigs in Antebellum South. Whigs provided the South with a two-party system up to the eve of the Civil War, something the region did not have again until recently. A far more heterogenous group than generally acknowledged, the Whigs provided an example of how coalition politics operate in US. Whigs advocated a strong central government at a time of popular sentiment for more power at lower levels; often took less rigid stand than their opponents in supporting slavery. Always a minority party, often driven into coalitions with other dissident groups, Whigs provided a persistent minority voice in a society which, obsessed by the sense of increasing crisis, demanded more and more conformity. An examination of how and why the dissident Whigs persisted, and its effects, can aid in an understanding of the background of racism, a deeply rooted problem in US.

Project fields:
History, General

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,500 (approved)
$15,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1971 – 12/31/1971