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The Age of Jackson (1945)

by Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.

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"This book is not a biography of President Andrew Jackson. It is instead a discussion of the developing soul of the United States and the meaning of freedom, and the ongoing unfolding of democracy as we know it." borrowed from Amazon feedbacks
  antiqueart | Dec 30, 2013 |
Read this in high school and really loved it. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Compelling History of the Evolution of Conservative versus Working Class politics in the first half of the 19th century. Applies to our era as well. ( )
  ravenshuegel | Dec 16, 2010 |
Excellent first-rate work on the age of Jackson which is a classic. Jackson was a genuine reformer who defended the interests of the people against the bankers who sought to take advantage of them.

Meacham's book should be compared to one of the standard references to Jackson, i.e., Schlesinger's important work, The Age of Jackson. There is no question that Meacham has written a very readable and lively account of Jackson, the person, and highlights Andrew's life throughout. Less sure-footed though in Meacham is where Schlesinger excels, Jackson as the exemplar of his age. The Bank War is not as prominent a feature in Meacham as it is in Schlesinger, and more emphasis is placed by Meacham in the political incorrectness of Jackson. The contrast and value between the two will rest therefore on where the reader's sympathies lie most, in the culture wars or in the importance of Jackson for demonstrating how the little man, the small farmer, and the rural non-elite may prosper in Jacksonian America. Of the two, I would tip a hat towards Schlesinger though Meacham is well worth reading.
  gmicksmith | Nov 2, 2009 |
2103 The Age of Jackson, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (read 15 Oct 1987) (Book of the Year) (Pulitzer History prize in 1946) This is a great, great book, very well done. Really marvelous--it covers the period from 1828 till the Civil War. His thesis is that Jackson and Van Buren were liberal Democrats. Schlesinger did yeoman work on the period--one of my favorite periods in U.S. history. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 22, 2008 |
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Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Jackson. It is a triumph of historical scholarship, analysis, and interpretation and throws much new light on a host of Americans, well-known and less well-known, who come to life in remarkable portraits that are both brilliant and sensitive. We learn a good deal that is new about the Jacksonian era, its relation to the Jeffersonian age it succeeded and to the periods that have followed.

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Presents ideologies, controversies, and personalities of the early 1800's instructive to the American as democracy of today.

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