Known as “the age of the common man,” the Jacksonian era saw a tremendous increase in the interest of ordinary citizens in the political affairs of the nation. As president, Andrew Jackson symbolized this egalitarianism even as he sought to extend both the power of his own office and the power of the federal government over the states.
This volume in the Perspectives in American Social History series highlights the extraordinary contributions of ordinary men, women, and children in the transformation of the country in the time of Andrew Jackson.
Jacksonian and Antebellum Age: People and Perspectives spans the “age of the common man” by focusing on the everyday citizens who helped drive the big social changes of the times—or were simply caught up in them. The coverage takes readers into the lives of the frontiersmen, townspeople, women, children, religious groups, abolitionists, slaves, slave traders, and others who effected, and were affected by, the history of those times.
Jacksonian and Antebellum Age explores a pivotal era in American history, a time that saw the return of the two-party system, heightened voter turnout, and the gathering of the abolitionist movement. As this volume demonstrates, no study of these defining events is complete without understanding how they were shaped by the country’s least celebrated citizens.
• Contributions from highly accomplished social historians focusing on the Jacksonian and Antebellum periods
• A selection of primary source documents including excerpts from David Walker's Appeal, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, and the personal correspondence of Andrew Jackson
• Provides a social history of the United States from 1830–1860
• Offers cutting-edge research from rising scholars in the field of social history
• Addresses topics not usually covered in traditional texts, such as African American revolutionaries, New England industrial workers, slave traders, and frontierspeople