Andrew Jackson

Sean Wilentz Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

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Andrew Jackson The towering figure who remade American politics the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilegeThe Founding Fathers espoused a republican government but they were distru

  • Title: Andrew Jackson
  • Author: Sean Wilentz Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780805069259
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The towering figure who remade American politics the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilegeThe 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,The towering figure who remade American politics the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilegeThe 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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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      Of the major Presidents, Andrew Jackson—at least in our age—is the one most consistently disliked. The reasons aren’t difficult to discover: not only was he was an unapologetic defender of American slavery and the principal advocate for “Indian Removal” (the disastrous system which eventually led to “the Trail of Tears”), but he was also a man of fiery, undisciplined temper—a duellist and brawler in his younger days, easily offended and quick to hold grudges—who took policy dis [...]

    2. Steven Peterson on said:

      Sean Wilentz has penned an admirable brief biography of Andrew Jackson. This thin volume is part of The American Presidents series of books. They are brief and accessible to a larger readership. Do you want a detailed picture of Jackson? This isn't for you (try Brands' biography for example). Do you want a quick and accessible introduction? Then this book would be useful.One of the factors making this a good book is its realistic view of Jackson. He had great accomplishments; he also was flawed. [...]

    3. Brett on said:

      This is the second of the American Presidents series which I've read (the first was George McGovern writing about Abraham Lincoln). By design, these books are short and general, which can be good for a reader that is interested in learning the outlines of a presidency, but also means that they were limited in the depth in which they can explore their subjects.Wilentz is a well-known liberal and I was interested to hear his views on Jackson, a president that has seen his level of admiration drop [...]

    4. Robin Friedman on said:

      Andrew Jackson And American DemocracyNote. I am reposting this review and revisiting the American presidents near the end of the current 2016 presidential contest.The 2008 Presidential race is in full swing, and interest in the contest runs high. In order to keep my own bearings, I wanted to try to take a short but broader view of our Presidents and our nation's history. One way to do this is by reading some of the volumes in the recent "American Presidents" series edited by the late Arthur Schl [...]

    5. Zach Koenig on said:

      The American Presidents series turns in another interesting, well-written installment!In this book, written by Sean Wilentz, all the relevent areas of Andrew Jackson (U.S. President #7) as both man and political figure are touched on, including:-His somewhat unsteady value system that championed the rights of the "little man" yet saw little problem looking the other way (like all Presidents before him) when it came to confronting the practice of slavery.-His epic battles against the National Ban [...]

    6. Louise on said:

      He's on most lists of our best presidents as well as our $20 bill. Democrats hail him as a founder. After reading this book, and attempting a few others, it's still hard to understand why Jackson has been accorded such respect.I started both the Brand and Remini bios. Through them I came to understand his childhood and how the American Revolution shaped his character and views. The psychological toll of losing his nuclear family at a young age had to be enormous. His mother's heroic search and r [...]

    7. Tony on said:

      Wilentz, Sean. ANDREW JACKSON. (2005). ****. This is another in the series, “The American Presidents.” Within the constraints set by the general editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger, each presidential review must be written at two-hundred pages or less; this including a timeline, notes, bibliography, and index. For a controversial president like Jackson, who also served two terms, this is daunting. The author, a professor of history at Princeton, does his best, but you can tell he feels the pressur [...]

    8. Larry Hostetler on said:

      With the proliferation of exhaustive/exhausting, lengthy biographies, this less-imposing length yet still intelligent biography was well worth the effort. I appreciated that the strictures on size didn't seem to inhibit the even-handed approach to various issues during Jackson's time (slavery and southern nullification, political perspectives, etc.)When length is limited it is not possible to delve deeply into recreating the personality and go into detail on various important episodes in the sub [...]

    9. Fred Kohn on said:

      Only two stars, but not the author's fault. This is one of a series on the American Presidents, and each rather slim book is the same approximate length. There were so many significant events in Jackson's life and presidency that there was simply not enough room to cover them all in the depth they deserve. Still, it is hard to understand why this book is 29 pages shorter than the book on Warren G. Harding, from the same series.

    10. Colleen Browne on said:

      This is a short little book in the presidential series. I was attracted to it (and others in the series because the authors are great historians). It is a well written little volume. If I have any criticism it is that Wilenz, in my opinion, goes a bit easy on Jackson. It is still worth reading.

    11. Jerry Landry on said:

      Definitely one of the most well-done biographies of this series. Wilentz provides a fair and balanced look at our seventh president, one of the more divisive figures of American history. I recommend this biography to anyone looking for a quick look at Jackson's life and presidency.

    12. Mason Newark on said:

      This book was a bit dry in the middle. I really could not get into the administration changes or the scuffles over a second national bank. However, this book gave me insight on one of America's most controversial presidents. I didn't realize that Jackson was a founder of the democratic party, and while it has changed drastically from what it is today, it is worth noting that Jackson was a "people's president". He despised aristocracy and this may have influenced his aversion to a national bank. [...]

    13. James on said:

      Andrew Jackson was quite a character for a man on his time. Rank definitely for the common man in opposing the monied people and the aristocractic attitudes of those with wealth and breaking up of the Second Bank that thought they are above the government. They could use someone of that calibur today in fighting for the common people and breaking up monopolies and big businesses and those with wealth who are walking over the lowly born and treating them as slaves in their enterprise.

    14. James P on said:

      Great read! Wilentz can be a little bombastic at times, but steps back and gives a great view of the big picture. Does a good job of showing Jackson's commitment to government by the common man. Doesn't fail prey to the trivial. On a par with longer biographies by Brands and Meacham. On to Remini's 3 volume work

    15. Dana on said:

      I enjoyed this book. At first I had my doubts. However, it gave me an insight to the President, who’s home I’ve visited many times in my life, that I hadn’t had previously. He was a critical thinker who looked at the bigger pictureowing that was not always the popular route. Leaders don’t always take the easy road, followers do.

    16. Debbie Jacob on said:

      I love this series, but this wasn't one of my favorite books in the series. Like him or loathe him, Jackson was a colourful character, and this book does not capture the essence of Jackson at a perso at all. It concentrates mostly on Jackson's political and military exploits, and not his personal life. Rachel, his beloved wife, is barely mentioned. This is a well-researched, condensed version of Jackson, the President, but it turned out to be a very dry read of Jackson's political and military e [...]

    17. Tim on said:

      I wanted to like Wilentz's book on Jackson more, but in the end my dubiousness about Jackson's character could not be overcome by Wilentz's explanations and assertions. The short form certainly hampered him - it is tough to try and contain a character like Jackson in such a small book. Wilentz was further hindered because he attempted to balance an understanding of Jackson's environment with detail about Jackson's life. The end result feels a little like a cardboard character - the fierce, loyal [...]

    18. Frank on said:

      This is a good, concise read of Andrew Jackson's accomplishments, disappointments, and failures. Specific points of interest to me were his governance of slavery, Trail of Tears,democratic system reform, and economic policies. He owned slaves and did not seem morally conflicted. He also enabled the continuing practice of slavery by suppressing free press and abolitionists, all in the name of keeping the Union together. His democratic system reforms entailed voting for some federal positions and [...]

    19. Shea Mastison on said:

      Reading the introduction, one can get a sense of what direction the book will be heading: a very orthodox, unoriginal look at Andrew Jackson. This is mainstream history, with all of it's unexamined assumptions and erroneous conclusions. The concept of nullification is laughed at; and presidents are rated not by their fidelity to the Constitution, or their respect for individual rights--but for more nebulous things like "a vision," "initiative," etc.Fortunately, Andrew Jackson is an interesting c [...]

    20. Mark Valentine on said:

      I found this to be a more than adequate introduction into Jackson's two-term Presidency. For an executive summary, the Epilogue provides most of the relevant information. Now I have a stronger sense of how complex the issues were then. For the somber man on the US $20, I am trying to understand how he got wealthy by buying and selling slaves, killed a man in a duel, and would have been the first President assassinated if the pistol had not have misfired. (Twice. And then Jackson pulverized the a [...]

    21. Dave McMahon on said:

      A very interesting book for a first look to an amazing and complex figure of American history. Wilentz brings us through the Jackson years with great detail in such a succinct book.You can feel the break between the era of the first 6 presidents, issued from Virginia and Massachussetts and see the rise of a new political order through Jackson. The details on the fight with the Second US Bank, and the beggining of the rise of slavery is deeply interesting.

    22. Pat Carson on said:

      Another winner in The American Presidents series. Wilentz gives us a good sketch of Jackson's life, since Jackson represents the first president who does not come from an establishment family or group. His book reminds us how history's views of Jackson's accomplishments have changed over time. Good read.

    23. Jpavalock on said:

      I'm half way through this book about Jackson. It's very detailed about his presidency, the Indian problem, the Second Bank especially and Nicholas Biddle and the Biddle Panic. I'm on chapter 7, Slavery and Democracy.

    24. Jordan on said:

      I rated this so high not because of enjoyment but because this is super, SUPER helpful for my research paper. If you have to write about the Presidential Veto, this was the only book I found that went into specific detail, and the book is pretty short and to the point as well.

    25. Phil Kamphuis on said:

      A very pro-Jackson book that recounts the many events during Andrew Jackson's Presidency that impacted US history. It is an interesting read that I would recommend to any fan of history.

    26. Micah on said:

      My man Wilentz is a bit more apologetic for Jackson's high crimes and misdemeanors (mostly high crimes) than I am, but overall pretty good.

    27. Jack on said:

      Quick, interesting account. Wilentz offers a needed pro-Jackson depiction of the battle between the President and the BUS.

    28. David on said:

      These American president series offered by the History Club are just a little too short and simplistic for me. Haven't read one yet that is satisfying.

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