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The Jackson Era Books

Robert Remini, The Life of Andrew Jackson (1988)

Remini's three-volume biography, written between 1977 and 1984, remains the most authoritative treatment of Jackson. Most readers, however, will find what they need in this one-volume condensed version of that book.

Harry Watson, Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America (1990)

This is the best single-volume introduction to Jacksonian politics. As the title suggests, this book's range is both broader and narrower than Remini's. Jackson's life prior to his 1824 presidential bid is barely mentioned. But the social and political contexts within which Jackson came to power are usefully explored, as are the political processes that continued to unfold after he left office, and the political candidates that followed in his wake.

Robert Remini, The Legacy of Andrew Jackson: Essays on Democracy, Indian Removal, and Slavery (1988)

Those interested in an even more abbreviated introduction to Remini's scholarship will enjoy this slim book. Much is neglected—Jackson's war with the Bank, for example, is treated only indirectly. But the essays on democracy and Indian removal are particularly good.

Ronald Satz, American Indian Policy in the Jacksonian Era (1974)

This book offers the most balanced and useful review of Jackson's Indian policies. Satz provides a thoughtful exploration of the positions assumed by Jackson and the other participants in the debate over removal. The complications that plagued the removal process itself are also thoroughly discussed.

Catherine Allgor, Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (2000)

Allgor's exploration of the role of women within the political culture of Washington, D.C. ends with an interesting discussion of the Eaton Affair. She provides a detailed review of the episode and places it within a provocative analysis of the rise and fall of a particular type of political influence within the first half of the nineteenth century.

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