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Sean Wilentz

Andrew Jackson : [The Seventh President, 1829-1837] (The American Presidents)

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ISBN: 0805069259
Издательство: Times Books
Год издания: 2005
Страниц: 224
Book Description The towering figure who remade American politics—the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilege 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...