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The Origins of the American Party System

Three Essays

Joseph Charles

Out of print

Copyright 1956
University of North Carolina Press



Despite the brevity of these essays the many questions raised by Mr. Charles are of the first level of importance for the understanding of the formative years of the American Union. One can readily agree with the preface by Frederick Merk that this is ‘a brilliant piece of original analysis’.

--The Mississippi Valley Historical Review

Charles’s book is an important monograph and much more readable than that term connotes . . . should be a natural for supplementary reading.

--Arthur Schlessinger, Jr.

The thoughtful and scholarly essays make an important contribution to the study of early political parties in the United States.

--William and Mary Quarterly