Andrew Jackson Vs. Henry Clay: Democracy And Development In Antebellum America

Paperback | March 15, 1998

byHarry L. Watson

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This selection of letters, essays, and speeches demonstrates how the clashing perspectives of two individuals shaped and exemplified the major issues of national politics between the War of 1812 and the territorial crisis of 1850 — the preservation of the union, federal commitments to banking, tariffs, internal improvements, and the egalitarian tone of national political culture.

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This selection of letters, essays, and speeches demonstrates how the clashing perspectives of two individuals shaped and exemplified the major issues of national politics between the War of 1812 and the territorial crisis of 1850 — the preservation of the union, federal commitments to banking, tariffs, internal improvements, and the eg...

Harry L. Watson is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He coedits Southern Cultures, a quarterly journal, and has published three scholarly books as well as numerous articles. His 1983 An Independent People: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1750-1820 was co-recipient of the AHA's James Harvey Ro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:283 pages, 8.18 × 6.13 × 0.66 inPublished:March 15, 1998Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin's

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Table of Contents

  Foreword
  Preface
  List of Illustrations
    
PART I. INTRODUCTION: OLD HICKORY, PRINCE HAL, AND THE WORLD OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC
    
    Social Change and the Market Revolution
    Politics in the Early Republic
    Jackson, Clay, and the Party System
    The Making of a Tennessee Gentleman
    The Gentleman Becomes a Hero
    The War Hawk from Kentucky
    Postwar Problems: Banking Panic and Missouri Crisis
    Round One: 1824
    Round Two: 1828
    The Hero Becomes a President
    Four More Years
    Aftermath
    
PART II. THE DOCUMENTS
    
    1. Andrew Jackson, Division Orders to the Tennessee Militia, March 7, 1812
    2. "The Hunters of Kentucky," Jacksonian Campaign Song, 1822
    3. Scaevola [Henry Clay], "To the Electors of Fayette Country," April 16, 1798
    4. Henry Clay, On the Proposed Repeal of the Non-Intercourse Act, February 22, 1810
    5. Henry Clay, On the Seminole War, January 20, 1819
    6. Henry Clay, On the Tariff, March 30-31, 1824
    7. Edward Patchell, Letter to Andrew Jackson, August 7, 1824
    8. Andrew Jackson, Letter to L. H. Coleman, April 26, 1824
    9. The First Volley: Letter on the "Corrupt Bargain" of 1824
       Henry Clay to Francis T. Brooke, January 28, 1825
       Andrew Jackson to Samuel Swartwout, February 22, 1825
    10. Washington Gazette, "Mr. Clay and His Conscience," February 11, 1825
    11. Margaret Smith, Letter to Mrs. Kirkpatrick, March 11, 1829
    12. Andrew Jackson, Excerpt on Indian Removal from the First Annual Message, December 8, 1829
    13. Theodore Frelinghuysen, On Indian Removal, April 9, 1830
    14. Andew Jackson, Veto of the Maysville Road, 1830
    15. Andrew Jackson, Bank Veto, July 10, 1832
    16. Henry Clay, On the American System, February 2, 3, and 6, 1832
    17. Andrew Jackson, Nullification Proclamation, December 10, 1832
    18. Henry Clay, On the Compromise Tariff, February 12, 1833
    19. Henry Clay, On the Removal of the Deposits, December 26, 1833
    20. Andrew Jackson, Protest against Censure Resolutions, April 15, 1834
    21. Andrew Jackson, Letter to Tilghman A. Howard, August 20, 1833
    22. Andrew Jackson, Letter to Joseph Conn Guild, April 24, 1835
    23. Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, 1837
    24. Whig Campaign Platform of 1844
    25. Henry Clay, Resolutions and Speech on the Proposed Compromise of 1850, January 29 and February 5 and 6, 1850
    
APPENDICES
    
    An Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay Chronology
    Selected Bibliography
    
  Index

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"I'm quite amazed at what Watson has accomplished in his introduction.... I find his comparison of Jackson and Clay representing democracy and economic development to be very sound and intelligently and convincingly argued. I don't think anyone has put the essential issues facing the nation in the antebellum period so succinctly and simply."