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This book would have been more accurately titled, "The Van Buren Faction in the Democratic Party of the 1830s and 1840s, and How it Occassionally Relates to the Annexation of Texas." Texas annexation is completed about halfway through the book, yet the author continues to goes on and on about the "Hunkers" versus the "Barnburners" (don't ask). Perhaps the author got a book contact and decided to economize on his effort by incorporating material from previous works. That being said, the first half of the book is pretty interesting, and may be worth it if you get it on sale, as I did.
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In this volume, Joel Silbey turns his attention to the annexation of Texas by the Union. He argues that this was a prime turning point in the nation's history and the movement to the Civil War. Hisotorians, professional and otherwise, may disagree with Silbey's anlysis, but it is informative. Individuals interested in Texas history will benefit as well. The writing is clear and the reading of John H. Mayer is very good.
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