Age of Jefferson & Jackson
“The Jacksonian Era”
Robert V. Remini’s book, The Jacksonian Era, contains valuable information during Andrew Jackson’s presidency. Some of the important themes that are discussed during Jackson’s presidency are slavery, the Bank War, the robed election, and some of Jackson’s past. Remini opens the book up in “A Hero For An Age” by discussing the battle of New Orleans and the importance of the engagement to the War of 1812. The American people soon realized what an accomplishment Jackson had achieved and in return gave their thanksgiving for him and his men’s victory. Remini discusses how after the Battle of New Orleans, Jackson or “Old Hickory” would be know as the “Hero of New Orleans.” The victory at New Orleans ultimately gave Jackson the presidency; no one could deny him of this.
The section continues with providing background information over Jackson and his growth as a child. Remini seemed to do this often and sometimes it seemed that every time he introduces a new character he took the time to pause and give a full biography. An example of this took place in the first chapter when introducing Jackson, which is understandable, but then it became repetitive with Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay. In both cases Remini almost gave a full biography in three-pages of each character and taking away from the main point of the section, which was if Jackson was qualified for taking the seat in the White House.
Jackson’s lack of education and experience in politics didn’t stop Calhoun and Van Buren with uniting in order to support Jackson for the 1828 election. Their organization led to the development of the Democratic Party. Both knew Jackson symbolized more than another candidate. Jackson past accomplishments turned him into a hero and someone who was the “man of the people,” who saved a nation from being over taken by Great Britain.
Towards the end of the first section Remini talked...