I am pleased to announce that William K. Bolt‘s book, Tariff Wars and the Politics of Jacksonian America, is the inaugural volume in Vanderbilt University Press’ New Perspectives on Jacksonian America series.
From the catalog: Bolt’s book “show[s] why the tariff was an important part of the national narrative in the antebellum period. The debates in Congress over the tariff were acrimonious, with pitched arguments between politicians, interest groups, newspapers, and a broader electorate.”
From the back cover, “Bolt wisely integrates the discussion of the economic aspect of tariff rates with the political dimension. We discover shifting viewpoints, pledges, promises, half-truths, and outright deceit deftly engaged in by the likes of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Andrew Jackson, and James K. Polk. This volume is critical to understanding the intersection of the American economy and politics in the antebellum period.” John Belohlavek, author of Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union.