Andrew Jackson: The American Presidents Series: The 7th President, 1829-1837

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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The towering figure who remade American politics—the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilege

The Founding Fathers espoused a republican government, but they were distrustful of the common people, having designed a constitutional system that would temper popular passions. But as the revolutionary generation passed from the scene in the 1820s, a new movement, based on the principle of broader democracy, gathered force and united behind Andrew Jackson, the charismatic general who had defeated the British at New Orleans and who embodied the hopes of ordinary Americans. Raising his voice against the artificial inequalities fostered by birth, station, monied power, and political privilege, Jackson brought American politics into a new age.
Sean Wilentz, one of America's leading historians of the nineteenth century, recounts the fiery career of this larger-than-life figure, a man whose high ideals were matched in equal measure by his failures and moral blind spots, a man who is remembered for the accomplishments of his eight years in office and for the bitter enemies he made. It was in Jackson's time that the great conflicts of American politics—urban versus rural, federal versus state, free versus slave—crystallized, and Jackson was not shy about taking a vigorous stand. It was under Jackson that modern American politics began, and his legacy continues to inform our debates to the present day.

 

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Being a short, moderately analytical biography of Old Hickory, emphasizing, as the series title might suggest, his presidency. Wilentz's opening chapter is a brilliant exposition of the approach ... Read full review

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Sean Wilentz submits his mostly positive take on Andrew Jackson for the American Presidents series edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Jackson's reputation and ranking among US presidents has fallen ... Read full review

Contents

Jackson and the Age of the Democratic Revolution
1
1 A Roaring Fellow
13
2 Jackson and Reform
35
3 FirstTerm Troubles
55
4 Democracy and the Monster Bank
74
5 The Nullifiers Uprising
89
6 The Second Battle of the Bank
104
7 Slavery and Democracy
121
8 Pushing Westward
138
9 Jacksons Legacy
150
Notes
167
Milestones
177
Selected Bibliography
179
Acknowledgments
183
Index
185
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Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton University, is the author or editor of several books, including Chants Democratic and The Rise of American Democracy. He has also written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and other publications. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., (1917-2007) was the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he was a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.

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