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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Miles Jamesen_US
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Statesen_US
dc.coverage.spatialKentuckyen_US
dc.coverage.spatialKentuckyen_US
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Statesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T18:49:05Z
dc.date.available2014-07-22T18:49:05Z
dc.date.created2013en_US
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifieretd-08082013-100951en_US
dc.identifierumi-10442en_US
dc.identifiercat-002008961en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu:443/handle/116099117/4500
dc.descriptionTitle from dissertation title page (viewed Aug. 12, 2013).en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes abstract.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2013.en_US
dc.descriptionDepartment of History; advisor, Kenneth R. Stevens.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionText (electronic thesis) in PDF.en_US
dc.description.abstractFrom 1815 to 1848, Richard M. Johnson was involved in some way in the great political and social issues addressed by the nineteenth century United States. A Representative and Senator from Kentucky, Johnson embodied the democratic spirit of the western frontier in his lifestyle, relationships, and most notably his politics. He remained an unrepentant slaveholder who nonetheless engaged in open relationships with enslaved women. He acknowledged his children from his relationship with his enslaved mistress Julia Chinn and sought to introduce his daughters into white society. Although elite southerners along the Atlantic Coast balked over his mixed-race relationships, Johnson was controversially elected to the Vice Presidency in 1836. Most historians attributed Johnson's electoral difficulties to his mixed-race relationships, Johnson in fact angered elite Tidewater southerners from the beginning of his political career.^He championed a more authentic democracy than contemporary Jeffersonians or Jacksonians, often taking positions at odds with the planter elite that comprised the leadership of the Jefferson and Jackson influenced Democratic Party. Johnson embraced the tenants of democratic nationalism--congressional compensation, abolishment of imprisonment for debt, worker's rights, the rights of immigrants, government sponsored exploration of the west, and large-scale electoral democratization--well before southern slaveholding Democrats and before many northern Democrats as well. He refused to be tied to ideology, occasionally affirming banks and internal improvements if he believed the cause democracy and the West might be furthered. He courted urban workers, a constituency largely ignored by southern party bosses. In the process he made enemies, angering at times Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and others committed to the wholesale maintenance of the plantation system.^Although his legacy has been vastly underappreciated by historians, Johnson, not Jefferson or Jackson, laid the groundwork for the Democratic Party's transformation from a party committed to state rights agrarianism into one that embraced populist nationalism.en_US
dc.format.mediumFormat: Onlineen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUMI thesis.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertation.en_US
dc.relation.requiresMode of access: World Wide Web.en_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.en_US
dc.subject.lcshJohnson, Richard M. (Richard Mentor), 1780-1850 Political and social views.en_US
dc.subject.lcshVice-Presidents United States Biography.en_US
dc.subject.lcshLegislators Kentucky Biography.en_US
dc.subject.lcshKentucky Politics and government 1792-1865.en_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States Politics and government 1783-1865.en_US
dc.titleThe Kentucky colonel [electronic resource] : Richard M. Johnson and the rise of western democracy, 1780-1850 /en_US
dc.title.alternativeRichard M. Johnson and the rise of western democracy, 1780-1850en_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.departmentDepartment of History
etd.degree.levelDoctoral
local.academicunitDepartment of History
local.subjectareaHistory


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