By Sean Patrick Adams
A better half to the period of Andrew Jackson bargains a wealth of recent insights at the period of Andrew Jackson. This selection of essays by way of top students and historians considers a number of points of the lifestyles, instances, and legacy of the 7th president of the United States.• presents an outline of Andrew Jackson's lifestyles and legacy, grounded within the most up-to-date scholarship and together with unique examine unfold throughout a few thematic areas• good points 30 essays contributed by way of major students and historians• Synthesizes the main up to date scholarship at the political, financial, social, and cultural points of the Age of Andrew Jackson
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James A. Henretta’s historical contention that the early American backcountry went through a transition from moral to a market economy is echoed by a number of scholars. Alan Kulikoff’s article “The Transition to Capitalism in Rural America” also supports the notion that America’s backcountry economies underwent an evolution from a non-commercial economy to a commercial economy. Seeking to find middle ground between the “market historian’s” insistence on the presence of capitalism from the point of settlement and the “social historian’s” contention that rural economies exhibited characteristics of non-capitalist economies into the nineteenth century, Kulikoff calls for a synthesis of these two historical views.
Many of Andrew Jackson’s first generation of biographers anticipate the Turnerian and Rooseveltian depiction of the trans-Appalachian West when describing Jackson’s early life on the southern frontier. In his 1882 Jackson biography entitled simply Andrew Jackson, Yale professor William Graham 18 K evin T . ” The challenges of farming and threats posed by the Indians caused the frontier residents to sink “back to the hunting stage of civilization” and to engage in alcohol-fueled violence (Sumner: 1882: 6–8).
Usner, Jr. ” Usner’s search for “common ground” between these three frontier groups also allows him to illuminate the development of a complex regional “frontier exchange economy” that was 20 K evin T . B arksdale simultaneously rooted in local markets and connected to the larger transatlantic economy. Additionally, Usner’s integration of both free and enslaved Africans into the lower Mississippi Valley’s economy further enriches our understanding of the complexities of backcountry race relations and elevates an often marginalized frontier group into being full participants in the maturation of the southern backcountry (Usner, 1992: 7–9).
A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History) by Sean Patrick Adams