Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay
First Edition   ©1998

Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay

Democracy and Development in Antebellum America

Harry L. Watson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-11213-0; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-11213-4; Format: Paper Text

This selection of letters, essays, and speeches demonstrates how the clashing perspectives of two individuals shaped and exemplified the major issues of national politics between the War of 1812 and the territorial crisis of 1850 — the preservation of the union, federal commitments to banking, tariffs, internal improvements, and the egalitarian tone of national political culture.
"I’m quite amazed at what Watson has accomplished in his introduction…. I find his comparison of Jackson and Clay representing democracy and economic development to be very sound and intelligently and convincingly argued. I don’t think anyone has put the essential issues facing the nation in the antebellum period so succinctly and simply."
— Robert V. Remini, University of Illinois at Chicago (emeritus)