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Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816–1861 by Daniel Peart (review)

Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816–1861 by Daniel Peart (review) david roediger, chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas, is the author of Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All (Verso, 2014). Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816 –1861. By Daniel Peart. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. Pp. 344. Cloth, $69.95.) Little is known about lobbying and the emergence of lobbyists in Washington, D.C., in the early republic and the antebellum era. This scar- city of knowledge is hardly surprising, as evidence is scattered and piece- meal, spread out among many different interests and topics, at a time when Congress met for only three months a year. The rare studies have mostly been keyed to specific moments and topics. So Daniel Peart’s latest book is a welcome look at the work of lobbyists and at the ways they inserted themselves into the legislative process to influence its outcome. To provide this glimpse, Peart decides to focus on one issue: the tar- iff. Here again, it can be surprising that something so central to early American economic development, and to the formation of early political parties, has been relatively neglected by historians, but most existing stud- ies are old—though the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816–1861 by Daniel Peart (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 10 (1) – Mar 2, 2020

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david roediger, chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas, is the author of Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All (Verso, 2014). Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816 –1861. By Daniel Peart. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. Pp. 344. Cloth, $69.95.) Little is known about lobbying and the emergence of lobbyists in Washington, D.C., in the early republic and the antebellum era. This scar- city of knowledge is hardly surprising, as evidence is scattered and piece- meal, spread out among many different interests and topics, at a time when Congress met for only three months a year. The rare studies have mostly been keyed to specific moments and topics. So Daniel Peart’s latest book is a welcome look at the work of lobbyists and at the ways they inserted themselves into the legislative process to influence its outcome. To provide this glimpse, Peart decides to focus on one issue: the tar- iff. Here again, it can be surprising that something so central to early American economic development, and to the formation of early political parties, has been relatively neglected by historians, but most existing stud- ies are old—though the

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 2, 2020

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