A Jackson Man: Amos Kendall and the Rise of American Democracy (Southern Biography Series)
Donald B. ColeISBN: 0807129305;
Book DescriptionA rare, fascinating personality emerges in Donald B. Cole?s biography of Amos Kendall, the reputed intellectual engine behind Andrew Jackson?s administration and an influential figure in the transformation of young America from an agrarian republic to a capitalist democracy. After helping Jackson win the election of 1828, Kendall became the president?s chief advisor?speech writer, postmaster general, and author of the famous veto of the bill to recharter the Bank of the United States. Born on a small Massachusetts farm and educated at Dartmouth, Kendall moved to Kentucky as a young man to seek his fortune and eventually became one of the very few nationally prominent antebellum politicians who successfully combined northern origins and southern experience. Kendall?s role in democratizing American politics is shown in a compelling narrative of his evolution from a republican idealist to a democratic individualist who contributed greatly to...
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