Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats
A Reference Guide
by Mark R. Cheathem
March 2015, 309pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-406-3
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The Eaton sex scandal led President Andrew Jackson to fire most of his first cabinet officers.

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This historical reference is filled with fascinating facts and anecdotes about 19th-century politics in the United States, most notably how Martin Van Buren acted as the architect of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
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, September 8, 2016
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