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The Presidency of Andrew Jackson (American Presidency Series)
In 1829 Andrew Jackson arrived in Washington in a carriage. Eight years and two turbulent presidential terms later, he left on a train. Those years, among the most prosperous in American history, saw America transformed not only by growth in transportation but by the expansion of the market economy and the formation of the mass political party. Jackson's ambivalence--and t ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 4th 1993 by University Press of Kansas
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The presidency of Andrew Jackson marks a significant change in American presidential politics. With the exception of John Quincy Adams, and a weak one at that, all previous presidents had been members of the unofficial American aristocracy that existed at the time of independence. Traditionally, they followed the principle of the office seeking the man and campaigning for the position was generally not done. There was little in the way of populist movements and political parties in the modern s ...more
Reads as a thorough investigation of the events of Jackson's presidency. Cole manages to include some very welcome analysis of the complex changes in cabinet and congress while outlining the rise of the American Political Party system. He keeps in focus the many changes that influenced America in this time, as it transforms from an agrarian base to an industrial base. He also accounts for some of the different interpretations of Jackson while keeping a strong focus on how the participants must h ...more
Donald B. Cole was professor emeritus at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, and the author of a number of books on early American history.More about Donald B. Cole...
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