Very Good. 5 1/2" X 8" 232 Pages Indexed. Tight straight book with no marks or stamps. The author demonstrates in this book that the 1828 election was indeed a major turning point in American History. It marked, he argues, 'the return of active competition between the two national parties through which democracy works best in America'; and while it did not (contrary to popular opinion) 'initiate the rise of the common man it did provide the ordinary citizen with an elaborate party machine through which he could more effectively control the operation of the government and shape public policy. ' This thesis is convincingly documented. To his credit, he does not interpret the ambitious and politically ambiguous Jackson of 1825-1828 in terms of the aggressively democratic Jackson of 1832-1836. With equal good sense, he regards Old Hickory neither as a conservative cipher manipulated by opportunistic managers nor as a New Deal preincarnation of Franklin D. Roosevelt---two notions rather fashionable in Jackson scholarship these days. The portrait of the Hero is balanced.
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