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Author Opal, J. M., author.

Title Avenging the people : Andrew Jackson, the rule of law, and the American nation / J.M. Opal.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 JACKSON,A OPA    Available
Description xi, 337 pages ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Most Americans know Andrew Jackson as a frontier rebel against political and diplomatic norms, a 'populis' champion of ordinary people against the elitist legacy of the Founding Fathers. Many date the onset of American democracy to his 1829 inauguration. Despite his reverence for the 'sovereign people, ' however, Jackson spent much of his career limiting that sovereignty, imposing new and often unpopular legal regimes over American lands and markets. He made his name as a lawyer, businessman, and official along the Carolina and Tennessee frontiers, at times ejecting white squatters from native lands and returning slaves to native planters in the name of federal authority and international law. On the other hand, he waged total war on the Cherokees and Creeks who terrorized Western settlements and raged at the national statesmen who refused to 'avenge the blood' of innocent colonists. During the long war in the South and West from 1811 to 1818 he brushed aside legal restraints on holy genocide and mass retaliation, presenting himself as the only man who would protect white families from hostile empires, 'heathen' warriors, and rebellious slaves. He became a towering hero to those who saw the United States as uniquely lawful and victimized. And he used that legend to beat back a range of political, economic, and moral alternatives for the Republican future. Drawing from new evidence about Jackson and the Southern frontiers, Avenging the People boldly reinterprets the grim and principled man whose version of American nationhood continues to shape American democracy."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: In our blood -- States of nature -- A nation of laws -- Extreme frontiers -- I love my country and government -- The hour of national vengeance -- The people's choice -- Conclusion: Submit to nothing.
Subject Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
Democratic Party (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century.
Lawyers -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Rule of law -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Law -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1829-1837.
Other Form: Online version: Opal, J.M. Avenging the people. Oxford [UK] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2017 9780190660253 (DLC) 2017000057
ISBN 9780199751709 hardcover
0199751706 hardcover

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