“Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Democracy (1833-1845)” is the final volume in Robert Remini’s trilogy on Andrew Jackson. Completed in 1984 as the first full-scale biography of Jackson since Marquis James’s 1938 epic, Remini’s series immediately garnered significant attention – and praise. He later published a single-volume abridgment and readers now seem drawn to Remini’s shorter treatment of Jackson, at the unfortunate expense of this meritorious series.
Remini was a historian and professor at the University of Illinois and authored several biographies during his forty-year literary career (of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren, among others). He was named historian of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 and later authored a narrative history of that legislative body. Remini died earlier this year at the age of 91.
Andrew Jackson, through the force of his character and his idiosyncratic charisma, commanded America’s attention (and often respect) like no other president between Jefferson and Lincoln. Few figures in American history were as…
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