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Professor Remini, already a recognized authority on the Jacksonian period, has written the best biography of Andrew Jackson available. It summarizes adequately the best of the old scholarship while at the same time branching off to offer significant new interpretations of crucial points.
Examination of why the 7th President of the US moved 5 Indian nations living in the South westward across the Mississippi River.
Volume III of Robert V. Remini's biography of Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson, born in Ireland, went to America and earned the people of America's respect and admiration for his valiant efforts to make America a great country. Even fifteen years after his death, people were willing to vote him as the President.
In 1850, America hovered on the brink of disunion. Tensions between slave-holders and abolitionists mounted, as the debate over slavery grew rancorous. An influx of new territory prompted Northern politicians to demand that new states remain free; in response, Southerners baldly threatened to secede from the Union. Only Henry Clay could keep the nation together. At the Edge of the Precipice is historian Robert V. Remini's fascinating recounting of the Compromise of 1850, a titanic act of political will that only a skillful statesman like Clay could broker. Although the Compromise would collapse ten years later, plunging the nation into civil war, Clay's victory in 1850 ultimately saved the Union by giving the North an extra decade to industrialize and prepare. A masterful narrative by an eminent historian, At the Edge of the Precipice also offers a timely reminder of the importance of bipartisanship in a bellicose age.
Arguing that Jackson's routing of the British at New Orleans was the crucial military victory that first defined the US as a military power to be reckoned with, Remini (history and research, emeritus, U. of Illinois-Chicago) sets the scene of the struggle, describes in lively fashion the many characters and events of the battle, and concludes that all parties involved were brave and heroic.
Volume II of Robert V. Remini's biography of Andrew Jackson
Among nineteenth-century Americans, few commanded the reverence and respect accorded to Henry Clay of Kentucky. As orator and as Speaker of the House for longer than any man in the century, he wielded great power, a compelling presence in Congress who helped preserve the Union in the antebellum period. Remini portrays both the statesman and the private man, a man whose family life was painfully torn and who burned with ambition for the office he could not reach, the presidency.
Robert V. Remini summed up the sentiment that many people of the antebellum period of U.S. history had about Henry Clay. "Henry Clay was one of the most gifted men of his age. He distinguished himself as a public speaker, a lawyer, a politician, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. He might have made a truly great President" ([PAGE 209 OF THE TEXT]) if he had been given a chance. While praising Henry Clay, Remini also cited evidence that portrayed Clay as a controlling, hot-tempered, and often irrational, and immoral man. At times, people had trouble interacting with him while at other times he was extremely hospitable and friendly. In short, Remini described a man who both clamored for political power and, at the same time, wanted to contribute to the success of the country; that is, he deeply yearned for and acted in a manner that he thought was best for the union while simultaneously believing that he was the most qualified for this difficult task. In this biography, Remini described both the political and personal life of Henry Clay. Through this portrayal, the reader not only gains insight into the personal and political life of Henry Clay, but learns about the historical and cultural aspects of the time. The reader is able to enter into the struggles and conflicts of the age. These conflicts included such aspects as slavery and party politics. Even though this biography is non-fiction, it often reads as a fictional novel. Remini interspersed anecdotes, letters, and other writings into the historical details of the biography to allow the reader to understand the character and personality of Henry Clay and other famous and ordinary people. The biography is replete with numerous footnotes that give the biography authenticity as well as give the reader knowledge about the period and explanations about aspects that might not be understood by non-historians.
How the House came to be what it is today.
Remini crafts a portrait of Jackson: the young war hero and other leading political figures, for children to read. The vital issues of the day, the Bank War, Indian removal, the states' rights conflict, and slavery are also discussed.
A vivid portrait of a man whose pre- and post-presidential careers overshadowed his presidency. Chosen by the House of Representatives after an inconclusive election against Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams often failed to mesh with the ethos of his era, pushing unsuccessfully for a strong, consolidated national government. Historian Robert V. Remini recounts how in the years before his presidency Adams was a shrewd, influential diplomat, and later, as a dynamic secretary of state under President James Monroe, he solidified many basic aspects of American foreign policy, including the Monroe Doctrine. Undoubtedly his greatest triumph was the negotiation of the Transcontinental Treaty, through which Spain acknowledged Florida to be part of the United States. After his term in office, he earned the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his passionate antislavery speeches.
Robert V. Remini's prize-winning, three-volume biography Life of Andrew Jackson won the National Book Award on its completion in 1984 and is recognized as one of the greatest lives of a U.S. President. In this meticulously crafted single-volume abridgment, Remini captures the essence of the life and career of the seventh president of the United States. As president, from 1829-1837, Jackson was a significant force in the nations's expansion, the growth of presidential power, and the transition from republicanism to democracy. Jackson is a highly controversial figure who is undergoing historical reconsideration today. He is known as spurring the emergence of the modern American political division of Republican and Democractic parties, for the infamous Indian removal on the Trail of Tears, and for his brave victory against the British as Major General at the Battle of New Orleans. Never an apologist, Remini portrays Jackson as a foreceful, sometimes tragic, hero--a man whose strength and flaws were larger than life, a president whose conviction provided the nation with one of the most influential, colorful, and controversial administrations in our history.
This is about the changes that took place during the fifty years between the War of 1812 and the Civil War called the Age of Jackson in America that witnessed the threat from slavery resulting in power struggle between the President and the Congress.
Offering an abbreviated, accessible, and lively narrative history of the United States, this erudite volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions. Robert V. Remini explores the arrival and migration of Native Americans throughout the Western Hemisphere and their achievements; the discovery of the New World by Europeans and the establishment of colonies by the Spanish, French, English, and Dutch; the causes of the American Revolution; the founding of a republic under the Constitution; the formation of political parties; the War of 1812 and the resulting economic and cultural changes; the democratic impetus during the Jacksonian era; westward expansion and the Mexican War; the struggle over slavery, which led to the Civil War; Reconstruction and the rise of big business; the emergence of the United States as a world power; the descent into the Great Depression; the global conflicts of the twentieth century; the rise of conservatism; and the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad. In addition, Remini illustrates how former English subjects slowly transformed themselves into Americans, and shows how a collection of sovereign, independent colonies united to create a workable, constantly evolving republican government whose democratic principles reflect the changing mores and attitudes of the citizens it represents. He explains the reasons for the nation's unique and enduring strengths, its artistic and cultural accomplishments, its genius in developing new products to sell to the world, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms.
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