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Holt, Michael F. (Michael Fitzgibbon)

Overview
Works: 22 works in 106 publications in 2 languages and 7,464 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: E468, 973.7
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Most widely held works by Michael F Holt
The rise and fall of the American Whig Party : Jacksonian politics and the onset of the Civil War by Michael F Holt( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The political home of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Horace Greeley, and the young Abraham Lincoln, the American Whig Party was represented at every level of American politics - local, state, and federal - in the years before the Civil War, and controlled the White House for eight of the twenty-two years that it existed. Now, in The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, Michael Holt gives us the only comprehensive history of the Whigs ever written - a monumental history covering in rich detail the American political landscape from the Age of Jackson to impending disunion."--Jacket
The political crisis of the 1850s by Michael F Holt( Book )

23 editions published between 1978 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franklin Pierce by Michael F Holt( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creates a solid portrait of both man and President. Pierce, a New Englander known for his charm and good looks, traditionally ranks as one of our nation's worst leaders. Holt does not dispel or challenge any previous assessments but rather tries to explain the pre-Civil War President's actions. Holt's thesis is that Pierce's obsession with the Democratic Party and priority of party over country in the tumultuous 1850s in fact damaged his party and pushed the country more quickly toward war
The fate of their country : politicians, slavery extension, and the coming of the Civil War by Michael F Holt( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What brought about the Civil War? Leading historian Michael F. Holt offers a disturbingly contemporary answer: partisan politics. In this book, Holt demonstrates that secession and war did not arise from two irreconcilable economies any more than from moral objections to slavery: short-sighted politicians were to blame. Rarely looking beyond the next election, the dominant political parties used the emotionally charged and largely chimerical issue of slavery's extension westward to pursue the election of their candidates and settle political scores, all the while inexorably dragging the nation toward disunion." "Despite the majority opinion (held in both the North and South) that slavery could never flourish in the areas that sparked the most contention from 1845 to 1861 - the Mexican Cession, Oregon, and Kansas - politicians in Washington, especially members of Congress, realized the partisan value of the issue and acted on short-term political calculations with minimal regard for sectional comity. War was the result." "Complete with a brief appendix of excerpted writings by Lincoln and others, The Fate of Their Country openly challenges us to rethink a seminal moment in America's history."--Jacket
Forging a majority : the formation of the Republican Party in Pittsburgh, 1848-1860 by Michael F Holt( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 1990 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By one vote : the disputed presidential election of 1876 by Michael F Holt( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With electoral votes disputed in three states, a Democrat winning the popular vote, and the Supreme Court stepping in to overrule Florida court decisions, the presidential election of 1876 was an eerie precursor to that of 2000. Rutherford Hayes's defeat of Samuel Tilden has been dubbed the "fraud of the century"; now one of America's preeminent political historians digs deeper to unravel its real significance." "This election saw the highest voter turnout of any in U.S. history - a whopping 82 percent - and also the narrowest margin of victory, as a single electoral vote decided the outcome. Michael Holt offers a fresh interpretation of this disputed election, not merely to rehash claims of fraud but to explain why it was so close. Examining the post-Civil War political environment, he particularly focuses on its most curious feature: that Republicans were the only party in history to retain the presidency in the middle of a severe depression after decisively losing the preceding off-year congressional elections." "Holt begins with the election of 1872 to demonstrate how competition for Liberal Republicans shaped the campaign strategies of both parties. He stresses the critical but little-noted importance of Colorado statehood in August - which changed the size of the electoral-vote majority needed to win - and provides a new answer to the vexing question of why a Democratic-controlled Congress had admitted Colorado in time to participate in the presidential election, when without its votes Tilden would have won. And he argues that the high voter turnout was attributable both to Republicans exploiting fears of ex-Confederates recapturing control of the government and to long-apathetic southern Democrats reacting to war memories and Reconstruction realities."--Jacket
Political parties and American political development : from the age of Jackson to the age of Lincoln by Michael F Holt( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than twenty years Michael F. Holt has been considered one of the leading specialists in the political history of the United States. Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln is a collection of some of his more important shorter studies on the politics of nineteenth-century America. 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 the essays touch on the broad question of the role of partisan politics in explaining the outbreak of the war. Individual essays address the following questions as well: What explains the birth and death of powerful third parties? What was the relationship among economic conditions, party performance in office (especially legislative performance), and the mobilization of an unprecedented number of voters between 1836 and 1840? Why did the Whigs find it necessary to nominate military hero Zachary Taylor as their presidential candidate in 1848? What explains the death of the Whig party? What role did ethnoreligious issues and the Know Nothing party play in the realignment of the 1850s and the ultimate triumph of the Republican party? In what ways did the continuation of two-party competition after 1860 help the North win the Civil War? Most of the essays have been published previously over a twenty-year span, but there are also two new pieces. "The Mysterious Disappearance of the American Whig Party," originally delivered as the Commonwealth Fund Lecture at University College London in February, 1990, seeks to explain why the Whig party died in the 1850s. This essay contrasts the fate of the Whig party with the fates of the Republican party in the 1930s and 1970s and the British Conservative party in the 1840s and 1850s--parties that survived similar, indeed graver, challenges than those to which the Whigs succumbed. In addition, Holt has written an excellent introduction in which he explains how he came to write the essays and reflects upon them in light of the current state of political history as a discipline. Political Parties and American Political Development from the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln offers provocative insights into both the history of nineteenth-century politics and the way it is studied
A Master's due : essays in honor of David Herbert Donald( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Election of 1860 : "a campaign fraught with consequences" by Michael Fitzgibbon Holt( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Without question, the election of 1860 was the most consequential presidential contest in all of American history. The victory of Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln quickly triggered the secession of seven Deep South states and, after Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861 to the secession of four more states and a horrific four-year-long civil war. No other American presidential election has come close to engendering such a catastrophic outcome. While this election is one of the most well-known, studied, and written about US elections, Michael Holt brings a freshness to his volume by noting that Republicans did not focus on slavery, but primarily ran against the record and especially the corruption of the incumbent administration of James Buchanan. He also points out that the traditional portrayal of the election is one of Lincoln versus Douglas in the northern free states and Bell versus Breckinridge in the southern slave states, but that this view "effaces the nationwide revulsion of non-Democrats at the sleaze they identified with Democratic governance. The demand in 1860 to throw the Democratic rascals out was a national, not a sectional, passion.""--
The Civil War and Reconstruction by J. G Randall( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive history of the Civil War and its aftermath
A time of uncertainty : the Civil War era and America's two-party system by Michael F Holt( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Justice and politics in nineteenth and twentieth century America by Michael Grossberg( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coming of the Civil War( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of ten lectures by Michael Holt, professor at the University of Virginia covering explanations of what caused the Civil War, including such topics as slavery; development of southern sectionalism; the slavery extension issue; the Polk administration; the Republicans rise to power; and secession
Lincoln & economic opportunities by University of Illinois at Springfield( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guest lectures by Allen C. Guelzo, Michael F. Holf and Gabor S. Boritt; Phillip Shaw Paludan is moderator
Historians on the record : Gilder Lehrman Institute Historians' Forums 1999-2000( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of lectures illustrating the historian's craft and the process and discovery of writing history
To rescue public liberty : a history of the American Whig party by Michael F Holt( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Speeches honoring Abraham Lincoln( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

James Buchanan and the coming of the Civil War by John W Quist( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An edited volume examining the presidency of James Buchanan and his role engaging the complexities of the debate surrounding the president immediately before Lincoln
An autopsy on the Whigs explains why the two-party system will live forever by Michael F Holt( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Overview and implementation procedures by Michael F Holt( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The rise and fall of the American Whig Party : Jacksonian politics and the onset of the Civil War
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The political crisis of the 1850sFranklin PierceThe fate of their country : politicians, slavery extension, and the coming of the Civil WarForging a majority : the formation of the Republican Party in Pittsburgh, 1848-1860By one vote : the disputed presidential election of 1876Political parties and American political development : from the age of Jackson to the age of LincolnThe Civil War and ReconstructionTo rescue public liberty : a history of the American Whig partyOverview and implementation procedures
Alternative Names
Holt, Michael 1940-

Holt, Michael F.

Holt, Michael Fitzgibbon

Holt, Michael Fitzgibbon 1940-

Languages
English (102)

Italian (1)