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Liberty and Power The Politics of Jacksonian America



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  • Liberty and Power : The Politics of Jacksonian America
    Liberty and Power : The Politics of Jacksonian America


More than two decades after its first publication, Liberty and Power remains one of the most definitive sources on Jacksonian America to appear in the last century. In this enduring and impressive work, Harry L. Watson argues that the policy disputes of the nineteenth century significantly influenced the future of the Republic and the nature of its society and economy. With raucous political debates that often seemed to pit those who defended the ideals of liberty against those who asserted power, the clash between the leaders of the United States led to intensified public involvement in politics and enduring political parties. Updated to address twenty-five years of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface and afterword and an expanded bibliographic essay. Liberty and Power remains the best introduction we have to the age of Jackson. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Harry L. Watson, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Jacksonian Politics and Community Conflict and An Independent People.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition xi
Introduction 3(14)
1. The Great Body of the People 17(25)
2. Republican Theory and Practice 42(31)
3. A Corrupt Bargain 73(23)
4. "Our Federal Union. It Must Be Preserved" 96(36)
5. Killing the Monster 132(40)
6. National Parties and Local Politics 172(26)
7. Van Buren, Harrison, and Tyler 198(33)
8. The Second American Party System 231(24)
Afterword: Questions and Controversies 255(26)
Bibliographical Essay 281(24)
Index 305

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