The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 79, July 1975 - April, 1976 Page: 30
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30 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
cratic institutionally--and practically for that matter too-as her northern
Politics in antebellum Texas, then, combined elements of democracy and
aristocracy. Furthermore, Texas political life was not unlike political ar-
rangements elsewhere in the antebellum United States. For that matter, a
systematic comparison of the economic status of political leaders with that
of the general population in the contemporary United States may well
reveal the same type of domination by an economic aristocracy.
12Lee Soltow, Patterns of Wealthholding in Wisconsin Since 185o (Madison, Wiscon-
sin, 1971), 146-147; Edward Pessen, Riches, Class, and Power before the Civil War
(Lexington, Massachusetts, 1973). Only five northern states (all the New England states
except Connecticut) had equal suffrage in I86o, and they contained only 6 percent of
the total northern Negro population. Leon F. Litwack, North of Slavery: The Negro in
the Free States, 1790-I860 (Chicago, 19g61), 263.
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