Jacksonian Era Analysis

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“The Jacksonian Era” by Robert V. Remini identifies significant aspects of Andrew Jackson’s life and Presidency, providing depth and perspective into a pivotal historical icon. At times, the book itself presents background in an lighthearted manner that enhances the text and makes the read more enjoyable. As a second edition, it adds additional information not found in the first publication. It provides newly discovered documents such as the Andrew Jackson’s oath of loyalty to the King of Spain; one made so he would be allowed to do business in Natchez and Louisiana. Additionally, the inclusion of pictures gives visual support to the text and augments the text appropriately. Having an image of those who peopled Jackson’s life, as Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, merely increases the interest level of the facts noted. “The Jacksonian Era” begins with the Battle of New Orleans in 1812, the role that Jackson played in this battle, and the influence it played for the rest of his career. Jackson would use this military action repeatedly throughout his career to provide a public relations basis for political office. Although Jackson’s involvement in the demise of the Second National Bank is generally noted as a significant event, this book regards it with less consideration. Jackson did not like the bank because of his suspicion of speculators and paper money. This hatred arose from bad experiences he had as a young man. He also believed that the bank threatened individual liberties, and that the money in the bank had been used against him in the election of 1828. Jackson thought that the bank served only the wealthy at the expense of the average citizen. Indian removal was also a primary concern of Andrew Jackson, making it one of his cherished goals of his Presidency. He wanted to move all the Indians living west of the Mississippi River. Jackson thought it would
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