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Liberty and Power The Politics of Jacksonian America

Harry L. Watson; With a New Preface and Afterword by the Author

Hill and Wang

0809065479

9780809065479

Trade Paperback

336 Pages

$15.95

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More than two decades after its first publication, Liberty and Power remains one of the most definitive sources on Jacksonian America to appear in the last century. In thus enduring and impressive work, Harry L. Watson argues that the policy disputes of the nineteenth century significantly influenced the future of the Republic and the nature of its society and economy. With raucous political debates that often seemed to pit those who defended the ideals of liberty against those who asserted power, the clash between the leaders of the United States led to intensified public involvement in politics and enduring political parties. Updated to address twenty-five years of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface and afterword and an expanded bibliographic essay. Liberty and Power remains the best introduction we have to the age of Jackson.

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"This is a superb book—indeed, a model of its kind."—Thomas P. Slaughter, Rutgers University
 
"A superb, highly readable book that boldly integrates new scholarship into a masterful synthesis of the period."—James Roger Sharp, Syracuse University
 
"The finest concise narrative history of Jacksonian America to appear in thirty years."—Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
 
"A splendid achievement, sane, balanced, beautifully written."—Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia
 
"No student of the 19th-century United States can afford to ignore this important book."—Richard L. McCormick, Rutgers University
 
"This is much more than just another study of Jacksonian-era politics. Instead, Watson has integrated recent literature and traditional themes to produce a persuasive and well-written survey of public life from 1816 to 1848. He shows how social, cultural, and economic factors interacted with politics, and stresses as a major theme the tension between liberty and power that both characterized the period and forms part of its historical legacy. His explanations of republican theory and the fight over the Bank of the United States are particularly clear, and there are also good sections on slavery, the Indians, and the changing roll of women . . . This should be the volume of choice [on Jacksonian America]."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio, Library Journal

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Harry L. Watson, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Jacksonian Politics and Community Conflict and An Independent People.
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  • Harry L. Watson; With a New Preface and Afterword by the Author

  • Harry L. Watson, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Jacksonian Politics and Community Conflict and An Independent People.
  • Harry L. Watson
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