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Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil: The Infamous Bank War

Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil: The Infamous Bank War

by Cordelia Frances Biddle
Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil: The Infamous Bank War

Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil: The Infamous Bank War

by Cordelia Frances Biddle


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The first half of the 19th century was an era of upheaval. The United States nearly lost the War of 1812. Partisanship became endemic during violent clashes regarding States' Rights and the abolition of slavery. The battle between Andrew Jackson and Nicholas Biddle over the Second Bank of the United States epitomized a nation in turmoil: Biddle, the erudite aristocrat versus Jackson, the plain-spoken warrior. The conflict altered America's political arena.

In 1832, President Andrew Jackson vowed to kill the Central Bank, setting in motion the infamous Bank War that almost bankrupted the nation. Under Biddle's guidance, the Second Bank of the United States had become the most stable financial institution in the world. Biddle fought Jackson with tenacity and vigor; so did members of Congress not under the sway of "Old Hickory." Jackson accused Biddle of treason; Biddle declared that the president promoted anarchy. The fight riveted the nation.

The United States is experiencing a reappearance of deep schisms within our population. They hearken back to the earliest debates about the federal government's role regarding fiduciary responsibility and social welfare. The ideological descendants of Nicholas Biddle and Andrew Jackson are as polarized today as they were during the nineteenth century.

With this book, author Cordelia Frances Biddle documents the epic fight between Nicholas Biddle and Andrew Jackson over the fate of the Second Bank of the United States, shedding new light with previously undiscovered documents while bringing the story to life in a compelling biography of political intrigue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620064870
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Cordelia Frances Biddle is an author with a passion for history. Her nonfiction work "Saint Katharine: The Life of Katharine Drexel" explores the transformation of a Philadelphia heiress into a champion for social justice, while her novels ("The Actress without Fear," "Beneath the Wind," etc.) draw upon history to tell captivating fictional stories. You can learn more about her at

Table of Contents

  • Author's Note
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue: March 7, 1778
  • Chapter 1 An American Family
  • Chapter 2 The Child Prodigy
  • Chapter 3 The Adventurer
  • Chapter 4 The Young Lawyer
  • Chapter 5 "Pray God for a Lucid Interval"
  • Chapter 6 A Second War of Independence
  • Chapter 7 Monroe and Biddle
  • Chapter 8 A New Career
  • Chapter 9 The Bank's President
  • Chapter 10 A Life's Work
  • Chapter 11 Andrew Jackson Becomes President
  • Chapter 12 For Jackson or the Bank
  • Chapter 13 Saving the Bank
  • Chapter 14 "The Public Treasure-Where Is It?"
  • Chapter 15 The Death of One Bank, The Birth of Another
  • Chapter 16 "A Great Disaster Has Befallen the Country"
  • Chapter 17 Defeat
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author

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