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Title:
The Jacksonian era
Author:
Remini, Robert V. (Robert Vincent), 1921-2013.
Publication Information:
Arlington Heights, Ill. : H. Davidson, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
x, 139 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780882958644
Format :
Book

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Robert V. Remini, professor emeritus of history & the humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, won the National Book Award for his three-volume biography of Andrew Jackson. He is the author of numerous books on American history, including "The Battle of New Orleans" & biographies of Henry Clay & Daniel Webster.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Remini has masterfully summarized here the highlights of the Jacksonian era. The end product is fresh and insightful, with few flaws. Unfortunately, the author glosses over the turbulent youth that did much to shape Jackson's character, as James Curtis points out in his Andrew Jackson and the Search for Vindication (CH, Jun '76). Remini readily admits that Jackson was more a symbol than a cause of the rising American democratic forces in the period associated with his name. Still, he shows that Jackson was ahead of his time in suggesting certain political reforms: elimination of the electoral college, a one-term presidency, four-year terms for US senators. The most valuable chapter of this book describes Jackson's Indian Removals, a ruthless and barbaric program. Remini errs in saying that Seminole leader Osceola died at St. Augustine. In fact, he was imprisoned at Ft. Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina, where he subsequently died. The author also fails to note that many Cherokee, Catawbas, and Lumbees never traveled the "Trail of Tears." Remini implies that Jackson won his way in the Nullification Controversy--a view disputed by Richard Ellis in The Union at Risk (CH, Oct '87). Despite a few flaws, Remini's book is a valuable teaching tool for survey classes in early American History. Best of all, it is fast and enjoyable reading. -N. G. Raiford, Greenville Technical College