Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick W. Adrian


The purpose of this study is to reflect the impact of Martin Van Buren exerted upon the much debated question of Federal responsibility for financing road and canal construction. Van Buren's early life of hardship and his struggle to lift himself, virtually by hid "bootstraps", from the ranks of mediocrity is omitted. Emphasis has been directed to service in the New York Senate, the United States Senat, Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson, Vice-President and as President. The Future President of the United States (1837-1941) served as an advocate for the various forces opposing the trend towards greater Federal control over the lives of the citizens of the new nation (1826-1831). During the latter period, the mood and temper of the people appears to hae been correctly diagnosed by Van Buren than by his chief political copetitors Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. As a result, Van Buren's popularity and prestige continued to increase and his carefully laid plans to become President came to fruition.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1968, Paul R. Alwine

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