978-0-252-01237-2 / 9780252012372

Jacksonian America: Society, Personality, and Politics


Publisher:University of Illinois Press



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In his Jacksonian America, Edward Pessen seeks to dispel what he sees as an unfair glorification of an era and a man, using harrowing statistics and anecdotes concerning the condition of "the common man" to support his thesis that the Jacksonian era was by no means egalitarian. He states that the era was one of "inequality, whether in material condition, status, opportunity, or influence and power." He further contends that the title of the era is a misnomer, in direct contrast with Page Smith, in that Andrew Jackson did not dominate the era in any historically responsible sense, and that it is ironic that an era that is named for a supposed champion of the common man was actually quite harsh for that segment of society.

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