Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

by David S. Reynolds
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Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

America experienced unprecedented growth and turmoil in the years between 1815 and 1848. It was an age when Andrew Jackson redefined the presidency and James K. Polk expanded the nation's territory. Bancroft Prize-winning historian and literary critic David S. Reynolds captures the turbulence of a democracy caught in the throes the controversy over slavery, the rise of capitalism, and the birth of urbanization. He brings to life the reformers, abolitionists, and temperance advocates who struggled to correct America's worst social ills, and he reveals the shocking phenomena that marked the age: violent mobs, P.T. Barnum's freaks, all-seeing mesmerists, polygamous prophets, and rabblerousing feminists. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Waking Giant is a brilliant chronicle of America's vibrant and tumultuous rise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060826574
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: American History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 466
Sales rank: 518,307
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Prologue 1

1 Froging a National Identity 5

2 Political Fight, Popular Fêtes 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

Selated Sources and Readings 419

Index 437

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