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Listed below are some of the publications from Michael F. Holt , Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, Emeritus .

The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party

Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War
( Oxford, February 2003 )

In the years preceding the Civil War, The American Whig Party was involved at every level of American politics and controlled the White House for twelve of the twenty-two years it existed.The only comprehensive history of the Whigs ever written, this work is a panoramic account of the tumultuous Antebellum period, a time when a flurry of parties struggled to control the national agenda as the U.S. inched towards secession. 

Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln

( LSU, 1992 )

The collection focuses on the mass political parties that emerged in the 1820s and their role in broader political developments from that decade to 1865. Holt includes essays on the Democratic, Antimasonic, Whig, and Know Nothing parties, as well as one on Abraham Lincoln's relationship with the congressional wing of the Republican party during the Civil War. Almost all essays touch on the broad question of the role of partisan politics in explaining the outbreak of the war.

The Political Crisis of the 1850's

( Norton, September 1978 )

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