The Age of Jackson Author:Arthur M. schlesinger, JR ....Pulitzer-Prize-winning story of the rancorous struggle, one hundred to one hundreds and twenty years ago, as to who was going to run the United States of American, and for what purpose and to whose benefit. General Jackson's election in 1829 cast a pall of gloom and despair over most of America's best and mos influential people. He was call... more »ed a man of "bad character,: his selection was an "effrontery" and could only result in the rule of the "mob." Men in high places despaired of being able to find leaders for "a revolution." This was the sort of talk that ushered Jackson into the White House. It would have discouraged most well men--but Jackson was sick in body through not in mind, nor was he weak in heart. He fought and licked not only bankers but also the banking system. He took the best ideas of Hamilton ajd Jefferson and forged a Democratic Party. Like Roosevelt a hundred years later he collided with the courts, and won. Depression, panic and the struggle of the working man for justice marked this age. Yet out of this pessimism and confusion came a great philosophy and movement of equity and justice and opportunity. Gone forever was the Hamiltonian idea that society could best best governed by the aristocracy, and gone also as the Jeffersonian idea that large urban populations were just so many "sores" on the social body. Jackson had faith not only in American but also in the people of America--all of them. Lincoln owed much to Jackson. Franklin D. Roosevelt did. And you do, too.
This is a convenient abridgment of the whole book done especially for the The American Library; all the words are those of the author, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and constitute about one third of the original.