Liberty and Power
The Politics of Jacksonian America
Harry L. Watson; With a New Preface and Afterword by the Author
Hill and Wang
As an engaging and persuasive survey of American public life from 1816 to 1848, Harry L. Watson's Liberty and Power remains a landmark achievement. Now updated to address twenty-five years of new scholarship, the book brilliantly interprets the exciting political landscape that was the age of Jackson-a time that saw the rise of strong political parties and an increased popular involvement in national politics. In this enduring and impressive work, Watson examines the tension between liberty and power that both characterized the period and formed part of its historical legacy.
Praise for Liberty and Power
“This is a superb book-indeed, a model of its kind.” —Thomas P. Slaughter, Rutgers University
“A splendid achievement, sane, balanced, beautifully written.” —Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia