Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

by David S. Reynolds
     
 

Waking Giant is a brilliant, definitive history of America’s vibrant and tumultuous rise during the Jacksonian era from David S. Reynolds, the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Walt Whitman’s America. Casting fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nationSee more details below

Overview

Waking Giant is a brilliant, definitive history of America’s vibrant and tumultuous rise during the Jacksonian era from David S. Reynolds, the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Walt Whitman’s America. Casting fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation’s territory and strengthened its position internationally, Reynolds captures the turbulence of a democracy caught in the throes of the controversy over slavery, the rise of capitalism, and the birth of urbanization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060826574
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Series:
American History Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
466
Sales rank:
404,200
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His books include John Brown, Abolitionist, winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award; Walt Whitman's America, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Ambassador Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Beneath the American Renaissance, winner of the Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He lives in Old Westbury, New York.

Table of Contents

1 Forging a national identity 5

2 Political fights, popular fetes 35

3 Jackson's presidency : democracy and power 81

4 God's many kingdoms 123

5 Reforms, panaceas, inventions, fads 175

6 Rebellion and renaissance 236

7 Party politics and Manifest Destiny 308

Epilogue Endings, beginnings 365

Acknowledgments 385

Notes 387

Selected sources and readings 419

Index 439

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