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

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

(Book #7 in the American Presidents series)


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

The towering figure who remade American politics--the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilege: Andrew Jackson.

It is rare that historians manage both Wilentz's deep interpretation and lively narrative. - Publishers Weekly

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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Sean Wilentz is a renowned American historian, celebrated for his work in U.S. social and political history. Born in 1951, he began his distinguished academic journey at Columbia University, advancing his studies at Oxford University before earning his Ph.D. from Yale. A gifted scholar, Wilentz's deep understanding of history was soon recognized, leading him to become one of the nation's youngest full professors at Princeton University. Wilentz's literary contributions encompass both political and historical arenas, notable among them being "The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln", which won him the Bancroft Prize. His profound insight in "The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008" redefined perspectives on contemporary American history. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and contributing editor to The New Republic, Wilentz's work transcends academia, resonating with a broad audience. His expertise has cemented him as a pivotal voice in American historical analysis and political commentary. This accomplished author and historian continues to frame our understanding of the American democratic tradition.

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