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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Martin Van Buren's Not So Practical Politics

Master politician and former president, Martin Van Buren entrenched himself in a crusade against the last vestiges of Federalism throughout the early nineteenth century. With no small amount of talent and caution, Van Buren transformed the then fragmented Democratic Party into a disciplined political machine. Van Buren alongside his "Albany Regency" charmed fellow Democrats to submit to a strict code of discipline and conduct called "Practical Politics" in order to more effectively challenge Federalism's vice in New York. However, Van Buren on several occasions drastically violates his own espoused philosophy on political conduct. Personal battles with Dewitt Clinton and lingering animosity between Federalists and the Regency often instigated some not so practical political disputes.

Presenter: Tyler Hogan (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 3:15 pm (Session IV)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.