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Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America

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This selection of letters, essays, and speeches demonstrates how the clashing perspectives of two individuals shaped and exemplified the major issues of national politics between the War of 1812 and the territorial crisis of 1850 — the preservation of the union, federal commitments to banking, tariffs, internal improvements, and the egalitarian tone of national political c ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published March 15th 1998 by Bedford/St. Martin's
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Aaron
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Reading a text on two men I don't respect without a hint of criticism on either side is a miserable way to spend a week.

The only thing I found interesting here is the development of the modern day Republicans and Democrats. Although Jackson's Democratic-Republican party was the precursor to modern day democrats, I found myself opposing his logic far more often than Clay (with the Whigs, who would become modern day Republicans). I think my preference was pretty informed by the author who didn't q
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Lina
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, school-book
One of the lovely books I had to read this semester for class. It was written from a pro-Clay angle and while Andrew Jackson was a racist, sexist and overall brutish man responsible for near genocide I can see why he got re-elected. There is something very slimy about Clay that makes him seem untrustworthy. A man who can preach about the evils of slavery and then go home after a depression and expand his slave plantation is not someone who would get my vote. Better the bigot that you know.
Brittany Nelson
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was so painful to me, though idgaf about this period or the "powerful men" angle to history.
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Harry L. Watson is the Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America and An Independent People: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1770–1820. His coedited books include Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader and The American South in a Global World.
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