This reductionism denies historical figures the validity of their own judgments and thereby denies their human dignity—and of course invites future historians to practice the same reductionism on us. Roger B. Taney, who served Jackson as attorney general and as secretary of the treasury and whom Jackson thereafter made chief justice, summed up the point when the Supreme Court vindicated the right of the state of Massachusetts to construct a free bridge over the Charles River at the expense of a privately owned toll bridge. In Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. If you continue browsing the … Schlesinger is a good prose stylist, and there's interesting biographical detail of political leaders throughout, but I found it hard to get into this book and was often frustrated by it. “The Age of Jackson” is more the study of the Age than of the man. The tradition of affirmative government was the tradition of Hamilton, not of Jefferson. Publication date 1945 Topics Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 Publisher Boston, Little, Brown and Company Collection … I chose this book because I love History, American History, World History, whatever kind of History you name it I am on board. From the 1970s to the 1980s, Robert Remini published a three-volume biography of Jackson followed by an abridged one-volume study. Professor Remini used the concept of “republicanism” most effectively to illuminate Jackson’s character and policies and saw Jackson’s presidency as a vindication of the right of the majority to govern the nation.31 While critical of Jackson in many respects, he concluded that the entrepreneurial school was “wrong about the Jacksonian movement and wrong about Jackson’s place in American history.” Bray Hammond was “totally wrong respecting Jackson’s role and involvement in the Bank War.” When Jackson talked about workers, he did not mean entrepreneurs or rising capitalists; he “referred to urban workers to a very large extent.” Jackson’s public statements were not “claptrap.” Professor Remini affirmed “Jackson’s right to many of the claims advanced for him by the Progressive and New Deal historians.”32. Jackson can be seen as a populist strong man who fostered white supremacy and racism. He also admitted his mistakes. Writing in 1945, Schlesinger wrote this book to honor the Democratic Party of Jackson and van Buren for extending the democratic franchise and strengthening the role of government. Those notorious confrontations beloved of progressive historians—between Jefferson and Hamilton, or Jackson and Nicholas Biddle, or FDR and Herbert Hoover—were dismissed as no more than family quarrels. Main The age of Jackson. If you are looking for a much more readable, yet still intellectually challenging, book about this period, I suggest Daniel Walker Howe's "What Hath God Wrought.". The clarity of this point is obscured, however, by confusion with a separate question: What is the proper role of the state? The Whig program was also designed to benefit the nation and to accelerate the pace of economic growth. by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1945. Saying that the Jacksonian doctrine was antistatist does not dispose, however, of the question: Who is to control the state? THE AGE OF JACKSON by ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR. by ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. And slavery is not given a thorough treatment here. Light reading it is not! The Founding Fathers were not against majority rule so long as it was mediated through representative institutions. The young Schlesinger, for all the tradition he embodied, had a refreshing streak of informality. 577 pp. The era of Jacksonian democracy is one of great importance in understanding the development of American capitalism and the history of the American working class. Arthur Schlesinger Jr. put forward this view in his magisterial The Age of Jackson in 1945. Please login to your account first; Need help? Schlesinger, the national period from 1815 to 1860 in the Age of Jackson and the presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy in later works. I chose this book because I love History, American History, World History, whatever kind of History you name it I am on board. To author Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. the clash of lasting consequence was … The denial of recharter to the Bank of the United States did not mean, as the entrepreneurial school had contended, a license for unrestrained state banking. Beard offered an economic interpretation of the Constitution and analyzed the economic origins of Jeffersonian democracy. To see what your friends thought of this book, 106–107. File: EPUB, 758 KB. Analysis depends on the capacity to draw distinctions. The age of Jackson Schlesinger Arthur. When Jackson was in the White House, respectable opinion had seen him as a rude and violent westerner who introduced the spoils system, wrecked the banking system, invited the unwashed mob to Washington, and hastened the degradation of the democratic dogma. James Roger Sharp in The Jacksonians versus the Bank (1970), John M. McFaul in The Politics of Jacksonian Finance (1972), and William G. Shade in Banks or No Banks: The Money Question in Western Politics (1972) soon demonstrated that the Jacksonians were determined to regulate and reform the banking system. Victory had vindicated the cause of liberal democracy. Van Buren’s proposal that government funds be placed in federal subtreasuries, finally enacted in 1840, sought to give regulatory provisions, especially control over state bank notes, federal status. Schlesinger focuses much more on theoretical arguments of agrarianism/Jeffersonian principles and how they interact with Jackson's more hard-money, pro labor philosophy that espoused state rights - but only to a certain extent. ↩ 17. But 20-20 hindsight can be carried too far. ↩, Brownson in the Boston Reformer, (August 4, 1837). His purpose, he said, was, to persuade my countrymen, so far as I may, that it is not in a splendid government supported by powerful monopolies and aristocratical establishments that they will find happiness, but in a plain system, void of pomp, protecting all and granting favors to none, dispensing its blessings, like the dews of Heaven, unseen and unfelt save in the freshness and bounty they contribute to produce.9. In the following article, Schlesinger is reflecting on his book from 1945, The Age of Jackson My involvement with the age of Jackson began more than half a century ago. The Jury. Seeking a subject for an honors essay as an undergraduate at Harvard College in the autumn of 1937, I chose the formidable nineteenth-century American intellectual Orestes A. Brownson. One, he said, was neglecting to mention President Jackson’s brutal treatment of the Indians in his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Age of Jackson.” It was published when he was 27, and is still standard reading. It is now for the yeomanry and the mechanics to march at the head of civilization. Orestes A. Brownson, “The Laboring Classes,” Boston Quarterly Review (July 1840). Yet it seems to me hard to argue that Jacksonianism, or the New Deal for that matter, was essentially the philosophy of acquisitive enterprise. The book is somewhat dated now, as he makes occasional references to WWII-era political thinking by both Republicans and Democrats. Save 50% off the regular rate and 75% off the cover price and receive a free 2021 calendar! The Age of Jackson, by Arthur Meier Schlesinger. He also talks about the decline and ultimate implosion of the Whig party - much the same as the Federalist party fell apart a generation before. Frontiers breed equality and individualism. For a similar conclusion, see Charles Sellers, introduction to Andrew Jackson: A Profile (Hill and Wang, 1971), p. xvi. Unless you are studying the pre-Civil War period of our country, I would not suggest reading this book. Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr., born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger, was a Pulitzer Prize recipient and American historian and social critic whose work explored the liberalism of American political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. John Spencer Bassett in his excellent scholarly biography (1911), while expressing reservations about some of Jackson’s actions and policies, was typical in saluting “his brave, frank, masterly leadership of the democratic movement which then established itself in our life.”3 Writing a quarter century later under the shadow of the second Roosevelt, Marquis James in his vivid and detailed biography (1933, 1937) was almost unreserved in commendation. Democracy served the interests of liberated capitalism, why were so many capitalists so against. From the 1970s to the United States and demobilization of what historical writing should be the pre-Civil period... 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