Shapers of the Great Debate on Jacksonian Democracy: A Biographical Dictionary - Shapers of the Great American Debates (Hardback)Paul E. Doutrich (author)
Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/03/2004
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The successful conclusion of the War of 1812 ushered in a new age of American history: the Jacksonian era. This book explores the background, motives, and goals of political and social leaders who dominated this era. Divided into three categories-Whigs, Democrats, and Writers and Reformers-biographies of Henry Clay, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Knox Polk, Andrew Jackson, and others are included. Debates over such issues as westward expansion, the Second Bank of the United States, Indian policies, and slavery are discussed from opposing viewpoints. Americans of the Jacksonian era upheld traditions and values of their forefathers, while also embracing the unlimited opportunity of the future. During this era, profound political divisions emerged within the nation, with the core debate focused on the extent of the federal government's power. Americans debated such issues as the degree to which the federal government could compel states to implement federal legislation, administer expansion policy, regulate trade, and manage the economy. Interwoven within these debates were questions about the legitimacy of slavery. This book explores the background, motives, and goals of political and social leaders who dominated this era. Debates over such issues as westward expansion, the Second Bank of the United States, Indian policies, and slavery are discussed from opposing viewpoints. Students and general readers will find this reference tool useful in describing the lives and views of individuals who directed the course of the nation during the Jacksonian era.
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 25 mm
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