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A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson

Sean Patrick Adams (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33541-5 January 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 612 Pages


A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson offers a wealth of new insights on the era of Andrew Jackson. This collection of essays by leading scholars and historians considers various aspects of the life, times, and legacy of the seventh president of the United States.
  • Provides an overview of Andrew Jackson's life and legacy, grounded in the latest scholarship and including original research spread across a number of thematic areas
  • Features 30 essays contributed by leading scholars and historians
  • Synthesizes the most up-to-date scholarship on the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the Age of Andrew Jackson

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction: The President and His Era 1
Sean Patrick Adams

Part I Young Andrew Jackson’s America 13

1. Life on the Early American Borderlands 15
Kevin T. Barksdale

2. The Foundations of Jackson’s Removal Policy: U.S.-Indian Relations, 1775–1815 37
Tim Alan Garrison

3. The Old Southwest Becomes the Cotton Frontier 56
Daniel S. Dupre

4. Andrew Jackson and the Legacy of the Battle of New Orleans 79
Matthew Warshauer

Part II The Era of the “Common Man” 93

5. The Market Revolution 95
Brian Phillips Murphy

6. Religious Revivalism and Public Life 111
Eric R. Schlereth

7. Internal Improvements 130
Stephen Campbell

8. Slavery and the Making of the Old South 154
Robert H. Gudmestad

9. Creating a Democracy of Common Men 170
Michael Zakim

10. The Ambiguities of Class in Antebellum America 194
Brian P. Luskey

11. Antislavery to Abolitionism 213
L. Diane Barnes

Part III Politics in the Age of Jackson 229

12. The Early Jackson Party: A Force for Democratization? 231
Thomas Coens

13. The Myth and Reality of Andrew Jackson’s Rise in the Election of 1824 260
Sharon Ann Murphy

14. The Elections of 1824 and 1828 and the Birth of Modern Politics 280
John M. Sacher

15. “She’s as Chaste as a Virgin!”: Gender, Political Platforms, and the Second American Party System 298
Nancy Morgan

16. The Rise of the Whig Party 328
Frank Towers

17. The Fog of War: Jackson, Biddle and the Destruction of the Bank of the United States 348
Stephen Mihm

18. The Nullifi cation Crisis 376
Kevin M. Gannon

19. Native American Removal 391
Andrew K. Frank

20. Radicalism in the Age of Jackson 412
Joshua R. Greenberg

Part IV Jacksonian Legacies 433

21. Financial Panics in the Early American Republic 435
Jose R. Torre

22. Immigration in the Jacksonian Era 454
David T. Gleeson

23. Andrew Jackson’s West 474
Eric J. Morser

24. The Rise of the Consumer in the Age of Jackson 489
Wendy A. Woloson

25. The Rise of the “Common Woman” in Jackson’s America 509
Nancy A. Hewitt

26. Fanfare for the Common Man? Political Participation in Jacksonian America 532
Robert J. Cook

27. Manifest Destiny and the American Southwest 549
Sam W. Haynes

Further Reading 569

Index 586

"High-quality scholarship... I strongly recommend that graduate students obtain access to this volume to acquaint themselves with the historiographical trends in the study of the period.”  (Journal of the Early Republic, Winter 2013)

“An excellent collection of engaging essays that provide informative explanations and the recent historiography of Jackson's era – a must for students, scholars, and teachers at all levels.”  (, 26 October 2013)

“Overall, this book, together with its excellent bibliographies, furnishes historians and students with a solid base from which to gauge the nature of Jacksonian America and Jackson's policies as president of the US. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 August 2013)