The Presidency of Andrew Jackson - American Presidency Series (Paperback)Donald B. Cole (author)
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Historians have often depicted the Old Hero (or Old Hickory) as bigger than life--so prominent that his name was wed to an era. Donald Cole presents a different Jackson, one not always sure of himself and more controlled by than in control of the political and economic forces of his age. He portrays Jackson as a leader who yearned for the agrarian past but was also entranced by the future of a growing market economy. The dominant theme of Jackson's presidency, Cole argues, was his inconsistent and unsuccessful battle to resist market revolution.
Elected by a broad coalition of interest groups, Jackson battled constantly not only his opponents but also his supporters. He spent most of his first term rearranging his administration and contending with Congress. His accomplishments were mostly negative--relocating Indians, vetoing road bills and the Bank bill, and opposing nullification. The greatest achievement of his administration, the rise of the mass political party, was more the work of advisers than of Jackson himself.
He did, however, make a lasting imprint, Cole contends. Through his strength, passions, and especially his anxiety, Jackson symbolized the ambivalence of his fellow Americans at a decisive moment--a time when the country was struggling with the conflict between the ideals of the Revolution and the realities of nineteenth-century capitalism.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Number of pages: 342
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
"The best account of the presidency of Andrew Jackson, distinguished for its erudition, lucidity, fairness, and balance."--American Historical Review
"The Old Hickory that emerges from the pages of this volume is a different Jackson from the traditional, almost mythic figure, a man less sure of himself than imagined, a man more controlled by the political and economic forces of his age than the reverse."--Journal of Southern History
"A balanced and original interpretation."--Journal of American History
"Cole nimbly and authoritatively traverses one of the most exciting, dynamic, and colourful administrations in American history. Thoroughly researched, original in conception, imaginatively probing in analysis, and fascinating in detail."--TLS
"The best treatment we have of Jackson's presidency--succint, balanced, probing."--Daniel Feller, author of The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics
"Gives 'Old Hickory' a new place in the history of the presidency. A provocative and challenging interpretation."--John M. Belohlavek, author of Let the Eagle Soar: The Foreign Policy of Andrew Jackson
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