Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America / Edition 1

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This selection of letters, essays, and speeches demonstrates how the clashing perspectives of two individuals shaped and exemplified the major issues of national politics between the War of 1812 and the territorial crisis of 1850 — the preservation of the union, federal commitments to banking, tariffs, internal improvements, and the egalitarian tone of national political culture.

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A double-barrelled biography of the political rivals that Watson (history U. of South Carolina-Chapel Hill) sees as embodying competing visions for the future of the US: democracy and development. On the way he outlines the economic, social, technological, and political dynamics of the early 19th century. He also includes 25 primary documents, among them, speeches from the Senate floor, letters to the new president, and Jackson's bank veto. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312112134
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry L. Watson is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He coedits Southern Cultures, a quarterly journal, and has published three scholarly books as well as numerous articles. His 1983 An Independent People: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1750-1820 was co-recipient of the AHA's James Harvey Robinson Award. Watson's most recent book, Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America (1990), is considered the most cogent synthesis of Jacksonian politics in a generation of scholarship. Professor Watson has been a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, and he lectures widely in the United States and Abroad.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Social Change and the Market Revolution
Politics in the Early Republic
Jackson, Clay, and the Party System
The Making of a Tennessee Gentleman
The Gentleman Becomes a Hero
The War Hawk from Kentucky
Postwar Problems: Banking Panic and Missouri Crisis
Round One: 1824
Round Two: 1828
The Hero Becomes a President
Four More Years


1. Andrew Jackson, Division Orders to the Tennessee Militia, March 7, 1812
2. "The Hunters of Kentucky," Jacksonian Campaign Song, 1822
3. Scaevola [Henry Clay], "To the Electors of Fayette Country," April 16, 1798
4. Henry Clay, On the Proposed Repeal of the Non-Intercourse Act, February 22, 1810
5. Henry Clay, On the Seminole War, January 20, 1819
6. Henry Clay, On the Tariff, March 30-31, 1824
7. Edward Patchell, Letter to Andrew Jackson, August 7, 1824
8. Andrew Jackson, Letter to L. H. Coleman, April 26, 1824
9. The First Volley: Letter on the "Corrupt Bargain" of 1824
Henry Clay to Francis T. Brooke, January 28, 1825
Andrew Jackson to Samuel Swartwout, February 22, 1825
10. Washington Gazette, "Mr. Clay and His Conscience," February 11, 1825
11. Margaret Smith, Letter to Mrs. Kirkpatrick, March 11, 1829
12. Andrew Jackson, Excerpt on Indian Removal from the First Annual Message, December 8, 1829
13. Theodore Frelinghuysen, On Indian Removal, April 9, 1830
14. Andew Jackson, Veto of the Maysville Road, 1830
15. Andrew Jackson, Bank Veto, July 10, 1832
16. Henry Clay, On the American System, February 2, 3, and 6, 1832
17. Andrew Jackson, Nullification Proclamation, December 10, 1832
18. Henry Clay, On the Compromise Tariff, February 12, 1833
19. Henry Clay, On the Removal of the Deposits, December 26, 1833
20. Andrew Jackson, Protest against Censure Resolutions, April 15, 1834
21. Andrew Jackson, Letter to Tilghman A. Howard, August 20, 1833
22. Andrew Jackson, Letter to Joseph Conn Guild, April 24, 1835
23. Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, 1837
24. Whig Campaign Platform of 1844
25. Henry Clay, Resolutions and Speech on the Proposed Compromise of 1850, January 29 and February 5 and 6, 1850


An Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay Chronology
Selected Bibliography


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