Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 (Andrew Jackson)

Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 (Andrew Jackson) Available In Paperback For The First Time, These Three Volumes Represent The Definitive Biography Of Andrew Jackson Volume One Covers The Role Jackson Played In America S Territorial Expansion, Bringing To Life A Complex Character Who Has Often Been Seen Simply As A Rough Hewn Country General Volume Two Traces Jackson S Senatorial Career, His Presidential Campaigns, And His First Administration As President The Third Volume Covers Jackson S Reelection To The Presidency And The Weighty Issues With Which He Was Faced The Nullification Crisis, The Tragic Removal Of The Indians Beyond The Mississippi River, The Mounting Violence Throughout The Country Over Slavery, And The Tortuous Efforts To Win The Annexation Of Texas

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  • Paperback
  • 504 pages
  • Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 (Andrew Jackson)
  • Robert V. Remini
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9780801859120

10 thoughts on “Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 (Andrew Jackson)

  1. says:

    Andrew Jackson The Course of American Freedom 1822 1832 is the second of three volumes in Robert Remini s series on Andrew Jackson This volume was published in 1981 and the series was completed in 1984 Despite the significant historical scholarship and refreshing lucidity it offers, Remini s series is no longer frequently read However, in 1988 Remini published a single volume abridgment of the series which maintains a relatively vigorous following.Remini was a historian and professor at the University of Illinois and authored several biographies during his forty year literary career of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay and Martin Van Buren, among others He was named historian of the U.S House of Representatives in 2005 and was asked to author a narrative history of that legislative body His resulting work The House The History of the House of Representatives was published in 2006 Remini died earlier this year at the age of 91.This volume of Remini s series covers the ten year period which includes Jackson s national political ascendancy, his contentious defeat for the presidency in 1824 by John Quincy Adams, his successful presidential campaign in 1828 and his first presidential term Early in the volume, Remini lays the groundwork to prove the case that the Monroe and Adams administrations created an unprecedented level of corruption within the federal government.His effort is reasonably, but not entirely, convincing He successfully demonstrates the existence of widespread, systemic corruption but is less convincing in attributing it directly to Monroe or Adams This Era of Corruption underpins his central thesis that by running for the nation s highest office, the virtuous General Jackson was responding to a public call to rescue the nation from the malfeasance of the very wealthy and the most politically powerful.Remini does a remarkable job of constructing an interesting, wonderfully penetrating and occasionally provocative narrative of the seventh president I came away from this volume and its predecessor with a far complete and coherent understanding of Jackson than I developed by reading about him in earlier biographical works by Marquis James and Arthur Schlesinger Remini not only dissects Jackson s actions within the context of his personality and worldview, but also wonderfully describes Jackson s complex network of friends and political allies.Consistent with his treatment of Jackson in the first volume, there can be no mistake while reading this volume that Remini is favorably disposed toward his primary subject In fact, although Remini s Jackson is heroic but deeply flawed, the author has been accused of seeing the world too much from Jackson s point of view But this criticism is one of shading Remini s critiques of Jackson are too frequent and often too searing to leave the reader with an unrealistic, saintly image of Andrew Jackson.Overall, the second volume of Robert Remini s series on Andrew Jackson was nearly as outstanding as the first Though the description of some of the political issues facing President Jackson occasionally became a bit dense and sometimes felt too lengthy the book as a whole was well paced, extremely approachable and quite engaging This volume on Andrew Jackson was excellent and is well worth reading even without the benefit of the first or third volumes.Overall rating 4 stars

  2. says:

    Volume II of Robert Remini s biography of Andrew Jackson picks up with an enfeebled and exhausted Jackson returning to Tennessee following his brief tenure as territorial governor of Florida Remini details just how ill Jackson was and how hard he had been on his body Reading about all of the physical ailments that plagued the man makes one wonder just how he continued living Truly someone of only the strongest willpower could manage to survive all of his injuries, battle wounds, and deprivations Regardless of what one may think about Jackson and there is no shortage of thinks to dislike , anyone who willingly lances into his own arms in order to stop hemorrhaging deserves respect in the physical endurance category The Jackson we see here is somewhat less mean spirited and vindictive than when he was younger Jackson, in some respects but not others, mellowed a bit with age He was prone to attack people with his pen than a rifle, although there were still moments when his orneriness got the better of him and he threatened people Despite this volume covering his election as President in 1828, a profound sense of melancholy hangs over it Jackson was completely devoted to his wife Rachel By now very fat, Rachel was in ill health which was not helped by nasty rumors about her running off with Jackson decades before while she was married to another man These accusations it is difficult to separate fact from fiction concerning Andrew and Rachel s courtship and early years together, although it seems at least fairly certain that they were not angels hastened Rachel s deteriorating health, most likely contributing to her fatal heart attack only a few weeks after Jackson was declared the winner Thus, by the time Jackson departs Nashville for Washington, he is grieving widower who steadfastly refuses to forgive anyone who spoke disrespectfully about his late wife While generally favorable to Jackson Remini tends to make Jackson out to be a benevolent father figure than a master to his slaves , Remini has no problem taking Jackson to task for his extremely poor Cabinet selection and his even misguided loyalty to John Eaton, his pick for Secretary of War Eaton had recently married Peggy Timberlake, who, to put it politely, had a well known reputation for not being virtuous This subsequently caused a major scandal in Jackson s administration, for a time derailing his efforts at governmental reform Jackson foolishly not only stuck by Eaton but admonished his Cabinet and others who shunned Mrs Eaton He went so far as to even call a Cabinet meeting just to discuss how the affair and how he expected the other Cabinet members wives to not shun the Eatons While Eaton was loyal to Jackson, he was not particularly qualified to hold a Cabinet position in the first place And, when adding his scandalous for that time period marriage Eaton was a recent widower to the mix, this was really a poorly made decision to have him be a top member of Jackson s administration Remini is fairly balanced when it comes to discussing Jackson s brutal and racist Indian removal policy While he takes pains to point out that historians have tended to place the bulk of the blame on Jackson s doorstep for the atrocious and inexcusable treatment of Native American tribes, and that this tendency is not quite the whole picture, he does not give Jackson a pass Jackson, while at times showing some concern for the tribes, adopted the condescending, paternal attitude of white men towards red men that permeated the 19th century, and sadly still exists in pockets today While Jackson made some effort to be humane towards the chiefs and their peoples, his urgings were always cloaked with thinly veiled threats that if the Indians did not do as he and the government wished, heartache and bloodshed would occur for them, and that ultimately they would lose the battle to remain on their native lands I thought Remini s treatment of this issue is much nuanced, and also rightly critical of Jackson s actions and attitudes, than his discussion in Volume I about Jackson being a slaveholder The political machinations of Jackson s Cabinet are covered in great detail While the discussion probably could have been edited better do we really need to know every move that Martin Van Buren, John Eaton, and others, made , the narrative does not bog down for too long Jackson, the dominant man of the era, remains at the center of it all, being the undisputed man in charge Remini ends this volume with Jackson vetoing the renewal of the charter of the Bank of the United States, and being re elected President in 1832 Although Remini is still a little too pro Jackson for my tastes for example, on page 391 he writes that the American people reelected him because they had confidence in his leadership because he stood for morality and virtue in government , this is a satisfactory follow up to Volume I.Grade B

  3. says:

    The second volume of this Jacksonian series is as full of details and anecdotes as the first and paints a clear, and not always flattering, picture of the 7th president Two issues I have with Mr Remini s work He severely downplays the issue of slavery in relation to Jackson and the US overall, occasionally referring to enslaved individuals as servants which hides their true condition The issue of Georgia and the Supreme Court in relation to the Native American removal is dismissed with a sentiment of well there s nothing Jackson could have done as a state purposely ignored and SCOTUS decision This is a patently false concept since in later chapters Jackson doesn t hesitate to prepare to use military force against South Carolina for their ideology of nullification in regards to the Tariff of 1832 Jackson shows that ignoring legislation that he supports has repercussions while decisions he does not should be ignored.

  4. says:

    Book two was even better then book one God detail on first term Great pace Looking forward to book three.

  5. says:

    The Course of American Freedom builds on the excellent job Remini began with the Course of American Empire, picking up the torch and continuing to tell the story of Jackson s fascinating political career.This volume 2 of 3 focuses on Jackson s first term as U.S president 1829 1833 , looking at a complex array of issues such as the president s banking, tariff, and Indian removal policies Jackson s justifications for his treatment of large numbers of Indians that he was moving them from their ancestral homelands for their own good demonstrates that justifying their actions in hindsight is nothing new when it comes to politicians The situation with Secretary of War Eaton and his supposedly promiscuous wife was a situation I ve read about in a previous Jackson biography, but it really demonstrates the insane depths of pettiness that can be sunk to during campaigns This book examines Jackson s policy of reform, which in his mind consisted of ridding Washington of men he viewed as lifelong bureaucrats Remini explains how this policy, while good in theory, came to institute a spoils system of government whereby incoming administrations award their loyal supporters with cabinet posts of their own This is an issue of the evolution of American history that I would like to read about.Underlying Jackson s actions during his first term was his belief that he not the legislative branch was the genuine voice of people , and this volume leaves the impression that Jackson greatly expanded the executive branch a natural extension of Jackson s view of himself as a man of the people and his identification with democracy.The Course of American Freedom is a great work for anyone with a love of American history, and is highly informative when it comes to figuring out how our federal government has come to embrace some of the traditions we observe today.

  6. says:

    Andrew Jackson is certainly one of the interesting presidents, though I cannot forgive him for his treatment of the Indians This book, part of a three volume biography, covers his 1824 loss to John Quincy Adams, his election in 1828, and his first term in office.Given the toxic nature of today s politics, I m always struck by the fact that it was just as bad back in the day One passage I highlighted Although Jackson suffered the worst of the personal abuse that so disfigured this vicious campaign, John Quincy Adams did not escape unscathed Democrats frequently responded to verbal filth in kind In a campaign biography of Old Hickory published by Isaac Hill of New Hampshire and entitled Brief Sketch of Life, Character and Services of Major General Andrew Jackson, President Adams was accused of pimping while minister to Russia Supposedly he procured an American girl for Tsar Alexander I That Hill would publish this extraordinary story or anyone believe it is a frightful commentary on American politics in 1828 But the canard was widely believed and circulated In the west the Democrats mocked the President as The Pimp of the Coalition whose fabulous success as a diplomat had at last been explained Some National Republicans countered by circulating the report that General Jackson s mother was a COMMON PROSTITUTE, brought to this country by British soldiers She afterward married a MULATTO MAN, with whom she had several children, of which number General JACKSON IS ONE When Old Hickory read this notice it is reported that he burst into tears Adams was also pilloried for conducting himself like a king and implementing the doctrine that the few should govern the many We disapprove, clucked the Democrats, the kingly pomp and splendor that is displayed by the present incumbent Other reports accused him of religious bigotry, alcoholism, Sabbath breaking, and a string of other moral and ethical delinquencies Adams responded in the quiet of his study, pouring out this bitterness and hurt in the secret pages of his diary He called his tormentors skunks of party slander.

  7. says:

    The second volume of Robert Remini s Jackson trilogy hits the ground running through a tangled mass of political rancor and acrimonious debate Remini s short and punchy introduction is the clearest and most incisive part of his sprawling book the scene he sets is a refrain of the theme he has highlighted many times throughout this multivolume biography, namely Jackson was a populist, a democrat and intensely devoted to the ideals of republicanism Liberty was his guiding principle, democracy his ethos These are broad, relatively uncontroversial positions to hold, in that they are a matter of historical record Remini makes generous use of that record, both in Jackson s words and his contemporaries What Remini does not show effectively is the opposition to Jackson s worldview A good amount of paper is spent detailing the several philosophical battles, but these all seem to be waged between Jackson and a revolving cast of vaguely defined, aristocratic establishment politicians Jackson himself, of course, is always good for an exciting anecdote, and Remini usually is pretty effective in using them to illustrate Jackson s larger ideology But because that ideology is so well covered throughout the book, and indeed throughout the book preceding it, the point is wearyingly belabored Jackson s campaign against the Nicholas Biddle and the U.S Bank is a major conflict, posing as it does the centralization that Jackson so disliked against the man s fierce affinity for the common man.I don t know if I m not doing enough of the comprehension work myself, expecting Remini to spell out too much that should be obvious 700 plus pages of complicated information badly wants the occasional timeout to explain itself after the dozenth twisty event in half as many pages I do know that I found this book dizzyingly hard to follow, fast paced when it should have been slow and slow when it ought to have been fast I hope in the final volume, as Jackson s life winds down, that so will the pace and arcane complexity of this account Remini has amassed a huge amount of material Now if he would only mould it into a readable narrative.

  8. says:

    Another reviewer here said we need leaders like Jackson today It could be argued that we just had one Jackson pretty much did as he pleased, what ever he thought was right, labeling those who opposed him as enemies of the people He greatly expanded the scope now accepted as being within the executive branch of government His great skill as a politcian enabled him to get away with it, so perhaps what we need are political leaders like him.

  9. says:

    Very Topical Well written and not overwhelming Captures complexity of character without being fawning or hypercritical from modern perspective.

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