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The rise of Andrew Jackson : myth, manipulation, and the making of modern politics

by Heidler, David Stephen, 1955-

Format: Print Book 2018
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The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties his sole claim on the public's affections derived from his victory in a thirty-minute battle at New Orleans in early 1815. Yet those in his immediate circle believed he was a great man who should be president of the United States.

Jackson's election in 1828 is usually viewed as a result of the expansion of democracy. Historians David and Jeanne Heidler argue that he actually owed his victory to his closest supporters, who wrote hagiographies of him, founded newspapers to savage his enemies, and built a political network that was always on message. In transforming a difficult man into a paragon of republican virtue, the Jacksonites exploded the old order and created a mode of electioneering that has been mimicked ever since.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed his admiration for Andrew Jackson, who he perceives as a "man of the people" who was direct, impatient with diplomatic niceties, iron-willed, and bold and decisive in both his military and political careers. According to the Heidlers, the "real" Jackson was dangerously impulsive and prone to violence, with his military reputation primarily based on a 30-minute battle in 1815 in which the American victory was mostly due to British incompetence. But this study is really about the careful and sustained molding of Jackson's image that led to his rise to the presidency, in 1828. Soon after his military success earned him a national reputation, a group of Jackson's supporters, dubbed the Nashville Junto, began the process of burnishing his image by writing a laudatory biography and using newspapers as propaganda and promotional tools. Eventually, Jackson would benefit from a nationwide web of political supporters. Some were true believers who saw Jackson as the embodiment of hope for an expanded democracy, while others were opportunists expecting to share in the "spoils" once Jackson was president. This is a superb chronicle of one of America's first "modern" political organizations and national campaigns.--Jay Freeman Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This substantive book by the historian Heidler spouses (Washington's Circle: The Creation of the President) focuses less on Andrew Jackson's controversial actions as president than on how he attained that office and, in so doing, permanently altered American political campaigning. Jackson won the presidency by gaining the votes of ordinary white men who viewed him as like them, someone who would be their defender against the entrenched interests of an American aristocracy, but there was nothing accidental about his rise to prominence. As the Heidlers show, it was stage-managed by a number of "managers and handlers" who saw in the hero of the Battle of New Orleans a man who would advance their plans for a national government that was very different in ideology and practice than its predecessors. They are particularly skilled in exploring, in nuance and detail, how a disparate group of politicians, journalists, and fixers created the popularity of a man who had "a nasty temper, a violent streak, and a past littered with appalling lapses in judgement," setting the template for the modern political campaign of image-building and manipulation of public opinion. This lively and insightful read teaches the reader nearly as much about today's politics as it does about those of the 1820s. Agent: Geri Thoma, Writers House. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Jackson, Andrew, -- 1767-1845.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1828.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Political campaigns -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political parties -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- 1815-1861.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1829-1837.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors Heidler, Jeanne T., author.
Language English
Description ix, 433 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-417) and index.
ISBN 9780465097562
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