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Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats

A Reference Guide

by Mark R. Cheathem


The Eaton sex scandal led President Andrew Jackson to fire most of his first cabinet officers.

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March 2015


Pages 309
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Politics

This illuminating overview explains political parties in the early 19th century, comparing and contrasting that era with the modern-day political climate.

In this chronological examination of the Democratic Party's origins, award-winning author Mark R. Cheathem traces the development of both the Democratic Party and the second American party system from its roots in the Jeffersonian Republicans in the 1790s to its maturation during Andrew Jackson's presidency in the 1830s. The book explores the concept of politics and its effects on the national government of the early American republic.

This historical reference is filled with fascinating facts and anecdotes about 19th-century politics in the United States, most notably how Martin Van Buren acted as the architect of the Democratic Party; what factors contributed to the Democrats' rise to power; and how the Bank War created the second American party system, pitting the Democrats against Whigs. Content features key political writings from the period, portraits and political cartoons of the time, and a helpful chronology detailing influential events.


  • Provides biographical sketches of prominent Democratic figures
  • Includes comprehensive coverage of political parties between the Revolution and the Civil War
  • Features an essay from a Jacksonian-era political expert
  • Incorporates the most recent scholarship to help explain the Democrats' rise to power
Series Description

Guides to Historic Events in America

Making sense of the American experience demands attention to critical moments—events—that reflected and affected American ideas and identities. By drawing on the latest and best literature, and bringing together narrative overviews and critical chapters of important historic events, the books in this series function as both reference guides and informed analyses to critical events that have shaped American life, culture, society, economy, and politics and fixed America's place in the world.

Each book follows a common format, with a chronology, historical overview, topical chapters on aspects of the historical event under examination, a set of biographies of key figures, selected essential primary documents, and an annotated bibliography. As such, each book holds many uses for students, teachers, and the general public wanting and needing to know the principal issues and the pertinent arguments and evidence on significant events in American history. The combination of historical description and analysis, biographies, and primary documents also moves readers to approach each historic event from multiple perspectives and with a critical eye. Each book in its structure and content invites students and teachers, in and out of the classroom, to consider and debate the character and consequences of the historic event in question. Such debate invariably will bring readers back to that most critical and never-ending question of what does, and must, 'America' mean.

—Randall M. Miller
Author Info

Mark R. Cheathem, PhD, is associate professor of history at Cumberland University. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Jacksonian and Antebellum Age: People and Perspectives as well as Old Hickory's Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson and Andrew Jackson, Southerner, winner of the 2013 Tennessee History Award. Cheathem holds a doctorate in history from Mississippi State University.



"Jackson has been labeled the most significant president of the pre-Civil War era, and this book brings out that history and those issues that have left subsequent generations with their impressions of Andrew Jackson and the mark that he left on the development of the United States. Recommended for academic libraries."ARBA

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