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By Daniel Walker Howe

Howe reviews the yank Whigs with the thoroughness so frequently dedicated their occasion opponents, the Jacksonian Democrats. He exhibits that the Whigs weren't only a transitority coalition of politicians yet spokesmen for a background of political tradition acquired from Anglo-American culture and handed on, with diversifications, to the Whigs' Republican successors. He relates this tradition to either the country's monetary stipulations and its ethnoreligious composition.

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