Andrew Jackson and those Tennesseans who, along with him, were a major force in Tennessee and American political life can best be understood by examining the political culture they all shared. The ten men studied here were the children or grandchildren of immigrants from either the Scottish lowlands or the north of Ireland. All experienced the rise from the yeoman/artisan class to that of landed gentry, and all displayed in their adult lives the influence of that move from one socioeconomic class to another. This view of Jackson and his closest friends suggests a view of these men's motives; their values, attitudes, and beliefs were somewhat different than historians have pictured for us. These Jacksonians sought to preserve the world of their fathers while changing their place in the world. They looked back but moved ahead; they were self-interested but tempered always by a selfless ideal.
About the Author
LORMAN A. RATNER is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Tennessee and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Table of Contents
Home Left, Home Found
Andrew Jackson: In Search of Honor, in Defense of Reputation
John Overton: The Power Behind the Throne
John Coffee: Kin but by Blood
George Washington Campbell: Jackson's Man in the East
William B. Lewis: The Loyal Retainer
William Carroll: The People's Advocate
Hugh Lawson White: The Tennessee "Brutus"
John Henry Eaton: A Lost Man
James K. Polk: The Cause Above All Else
Sam Houston: The Prodigal Son