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The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics

The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics

by David S Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler


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The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties his sole claim on the public's affections derived from his victory in a thirty-minute battle at New Orleans in early 1815. Yet those in his immediate circle believed he was a great man who should be president of the United States.

Jackson's election in 1828 is usually viewed as a result of the expansion of democracy. Historians David and Jeanne Heidler argue that he actually owed his victory to his closest supporters, who wrote hagiographies of him, founded newspapers to savage his enemies, and built a political network that was always on message. In transforming a difficult man into a paragon of republican virtue, the Jacksonites exploded the old order and created a mode of electioneering that has been mimicked ever since.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465097562
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,150,189
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 4.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David S. Heidler is an author and retired professor.

Jeanne T. Heidler is professor emerita of history at the United States Air Force Academy. They have collaborated on numerous books, including the critically acclaimed Henry Clay: The Essential American and the award-winning Washington's Circle: The Creation of the President. They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Illustrations viii

Editorial Note ix

Introduction 1

Prologue 13

Chapter 1 Hickory 19

Chapter 2 Hero 41

Chapter 3 Image 65

Chapter 4 Caesar 89

Chapter 5 Two Washingtons 109

Chapter 6 Solon 139

Chapter 7 1824 169

Chapter 8 Election 189

Chapter 9 Bargains 207

Chapter 10 Allegations 235

Chapter 11 Machine 259

Chapter 12 Ink 283

Chapter 13 Magician 305

Chapter 14 Mud 333

Chapter 15 Triumph 365

Epilogue 373

Acknowledgments 381

Abbreviations 385

Notes 387

Index 419

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