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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53951
Doc. No:TL23905
Call number:‭3158719‬
Main Entry:Susan Radomsky
Title & Author:The social life of politics: Washington's official society and the emergence of a national political elite, 1800–1876Susan Radomsky
College:The University of Chicago
Date:2005
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2005
Page No:582
Abstract:As the nation's founders frequently acknowledged, the maintenance of a republican government in the United States depended on recruiting and perpetuating a class of political leaders capable of assuming the varied and substantial demands of public office. This dissertation traces the process by which representatives of this class, who took on the responsibility of embodying the federal government, formed themselves into an “official society” at the capital that, while corresponding to the needs of the state, ministered to their own social and familial needs and expressed their ideas about personal status, leadership, and respectability. The formation of such a society at Washington, D.C. guaranteed the perpetuation of the values of the leading class, while supplying a mecca for ambitious citizens intent on gaining political distinction. While offering an arena friendly to the pursuit of personal ambition and helping to strengthen bonds among the political elite, official society justified its customs and values as being compatible with republicanism and contributing to the government's integrity and well-being. After an introductory chapter describing the efflorescence of official society in the early decades of the nineteenth century, four succeeding chapters examine how and why this society came into being, documenting its persistence into the second half of the nineteenth century. Chapter 2 takes up the subject of etiquette, showing that, in the years before 1840, members of the official population succeeded in establishing a set of social rules that regulated access to their company while conferring on worthy newcomers considerable social prestige. Chapter 3 analyzes Washington as a theater of self-presentation, where ambitious Americans put themselves on display in hopes of gaining distinction. Chapters 4 and 5 back away from Washington and, through a prosopography of senators in the 1850s, identify social, institutional, and familial mechanisms that promoted homogeneity among mid-nineteenth-century political leaders. A final chapter examines how official society affected ideological struggle, political independence, and the fate of the polity. Despite substantial changes in America's political culture and leadership at mid-century, official society's capacity to assimilate newcomers into a unified culture of power ensured its perpetuation into the Gilded Age.
Subject:Social sciences; Early Republic; National; Political elite; Social life; Washington, D.C.; American history; American studies; Womens studies; 0453:Womens studies; 0323:American studies; 0337:American history
Added Entry:K. N. Conzen
Added Entry:The University of Chicago