The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 162
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
sons in abundance; but somehow or another they will not preach
At the period with which we are dealing, the Mississippi Whigs
never tired of proclaiming their devotion to principles, not men.
These principles had their foundation in great, national, con-
servative measures-measures that were purely American; in fact,
in the broadest sense of the term the Whigs were the true and
genuine democrats of the nation.4 Commenting upon the organi-
zation of a society of mechanics in Vicksburg, the Weekly Whig
of that city declared that in the southern States every man was
received, recognized and treated according to the value he put
upon himself. Hardly a distinction was made among honest men
(save whites and blacks), while no man's business or calling was
thought of or scarcely spoken of, in determining his position in
the community.5 The Whigs, declared another one of their or-
gans, were opposed to that stingy, niggardly economy which pre-
vented the people's government from assisting them when it could
by means of a bank and a tariff.6 Only in the hands of the party
espoused by the Duncans, Kers, Leas, Yergers, and other well-
known Mississippi families was the ark of their liberty, the sacred
Constitution safe. Upholders of the Union, advocates of law,
order, organized society, and of the Christian religion, there was
not a "nobler band of true hearts on the face of the earth than
the Whig party of Mississippi."'
On the contrary, every heresy and ism of the time, according
to the Whig organs, was now a monopoly of the Democratic party
that stood for the advancement of individuals and denied the
supremacy of the Constitution and laws, unless interpreted by
the masses at the ballot box. The moral character of the State
was being undermined by Locofocoism, that spelled disorder and
recklessness. Agrarianism, Jacobinism, Owenism were all repre-
sented in Polk, the Nat Turner, Tom Dorr, disunion, free trade
a8Mssissippian, July 19, 1844, quoting the Free Trader. For the in-
fluence of the Second United States bank in weakening the allegiance of
the Democrats, Claiborne, Mississippi as a Province, Territory and State,
'Houthron, March 23, 1843.
'Issue of October 28, 1845.
'Panola Lynw, August 30, 1845.
'Oonstitutionalist, November 2, 1844; Port Gibson Herald, June 19,
1845; Cf. Vicksburg Sentinel, April 22, 1844.
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