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Driven West: Andrew Jackson's Trail of Tears to the Civil War

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By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, Presidents Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk led the country to its Manifest Destiny across the continent, but the forces and hostility unleashed by that expansion led inexorably to Civil War.

As president, Andrew Jackson decreed that the Indians of Georgia be forcibly ...

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Overview

By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, Presidents Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk led the country to its Manifest Destiny across the continent, but the forces and hostility unleashed by that expansion led inexorably to Civil War.

As president, Andrew Jackson decreed that the Indians of Georgia be forcibly removed to make way for the exploding white population. His policy set off angry debate in the Senate among such giants as Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, and protests from writers in the north like Ralph Waldo Emerson, who represented the growing abolitionist movement. Southern slave owners understood that those protests would not stop with defending a few Indian tribes.

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"This work is sure to be controversial among western expansion and Civil War scholars and as such is highly recommended for individuals with interests in Cherokee and Civil War history." —-Library Journal Starred Review
Library Journal
Langguth (journalism, emeritus, Univ. of Southern California; Our Vietnam) offers a revisionist account of Andrew Jackson's presidency and policies, submitting that hostilities leading to the American Civil War began soon after the War of 1812 as part of the nation's perceived Manifest Destiny. The Cherokee, one of five Native American tribes pushed westward by the Indian Removal Act (1830), were forcibly evicted from their homes in 1838 and made to walk a 1000-mile trek from Georgia to the Oklahoma Territory. This work focuses on the major figures involved either in support of or in opposition to the incident that became known as the Trail of Tears. Audie Award winner Mel Foster's (www.melvinfoster.com) pleasant narration is enhanced by his use of accents whenever directly quoting the various principals. Recommended for history and Native American collections. [The S. & S. hc received a starred review, LJ 9/1/10.—Ed.]—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA
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This revisionist account of Andrew Jackson's presidency and policies lays out the immense human and political impact of Jackson's forced removal of Native Americans, the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Langguth (journalism, emeritus, Univ. of Southern California; Union 1812) goes beyond traditional accounts of Jackson and the Cherokees, such as Robert Remini's Andrew Jackson and His Indian War, by examining antebellum politics of slavery, the Mexican War, and the doctrine of states' rights in relation to the forced relocation of the Cherokee from Georgia and North Carolina to the western Indian Territory. Langguth argues that Jackson's refusal to respect Cherokee land rights, even after the Supreme Court decision that upheld those rights, fed the flames of political violence and civil conflict, which ultimately climaxed in Southern secession and war. VERDICT A story told with players from 1825 to 1865 and including (in addition to Jackson) such politicians as Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun; Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ross, and Elias Boudinot; and the intriguing socialite Margaret Eaton, this work is sure to be controversial among western expansion and Civil War scholars and as such is highly recommended for individuals with interests in Cherokee and Civil War history. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10.]—Nathan E. Bender, Laramie, WY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400118496
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/24/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Foster received an MA in Theater from the University of Michigan.

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    Highly recommended

    I bought this for a 90 year old lady who is blind. She had wanted to read what is in this that is part of her history but never got a chance. She is so happy with this in depth audio book. Very well done book. Many thanks to those who put things like this in audio form. Many thanks Barnes and Noble.

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