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

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

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by A. J. Langguth, Mel Foster
     
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400148493
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
11/24/2010
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.00(d)

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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

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Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood and Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.