Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party

Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party

by Mark R. Cheathem

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In Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party, author Mark R. Cheathem provides a unique historical analysis and bold critique of American partisanship from the early republic to the end of Andrew Jackson's administration. Cheathem begins by discussing the American political system after the American Revolutionary War while the debates over the ratification of the Constitution stormed on. In doing so, he delivers a contextual and chronological analysis of how the political system evolved from the vision of the Founding Fathers to Jackson's populist Democratic party. Though other political changes throughout the decades affected the development of Jacksonian Democracy, Cheathem argues it was an identity crisis in the Republican party during Jackson's rise to power that allowed Jackson's populism to thrive. The faltering of the Republican party and Jackson's executive agenda continued to shape the state of the Democratic party for years. Additionally, Cheathem considers both Jacksonian Democracy's impact on the political system of the time and his lingering populist influence in the altered Republican party and contemporary Republican presidencies. Cheathem deftly portrays the political nuances of Jackson's rise, detailing events that shaped the early form and long-term durability of the Democratic party. Finally, Cheathem notes that the Democratic party of the Jacksonian era and Jackson's ideology are hardly embraced by today's Democratic party nor seen as the epitome of democracy. Setting all such historicism aside, Cheathem points American readers to the democratic climate of the present, welcoming renewed scrutiny of the one system which is ours to improve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621904533
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Edition description: 1st Edition
Sales rank: 653,521
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Mark R. Cheathem is a professor of history at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He is the author of Andrew Jackson, Southerner and Old Hickory’s Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson. He is the editor of Jacksonian and Antebellum Age: People and Perspectives.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Party Development in the New Republic 1

Chapter 2 Republicans Assume Control 15

Chapter 3 Andrew Jackson's Republican Roots 33

Chapter 4 Old Hickory 45

Chapter 5 Setting the Field for 1824 55

Chapter 6 The "Corrupt Bargain" 67

Chapter 7 Forging the Democratic Party 83

Chapter 8 Winning the Presidency 99

Chapter 9 A Scandalous Start 111

Chapter 10 Constructing the Democratic Party 129

Chapter 11 The Partisanship of Indian Removal 145

Chapter 12 Nationalism versus States' Rights 161

Chapter 13 The Bank War 175

Chapter 14 King Andrew I versus the Whigs 189

Conclusion: The Significance of Jacksonian Democracy 209

Bibliographical Essay 219

Index 231

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