Previewing Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party

Several years ago, I was invited to write a book on Andrew Jackson and the origins of the Democratic party for ABC-CLIO. While I was grateful for the opportunity, the book was marketed as a reference book, with ancillary material included that I thought detracted from the narrative and a price that deterred widespread sales …

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Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats to be Published in Spring 2015

This week, I submitted the index for Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats, which will be published in March 2015. I was asked to write this book by the series editor, Randall Miller, while I was completing Andrew Jackson, Southerner. It was an easy transition from one book to the next, since most …

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Should the Democratic Party Dump Andrew Jackson?

It's taken me longer than I hoped to respond to this piece by Steve Yoder (h/t John Fea). Yoder poses an interesting proposition: That the Democratic party should drop its association with Jackson because he was "perhaps the most systematic violator of human rights for America’s nonwhites." This question of name association is one that is not …

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