What is so wonderful about the Jacksonian era is the fact that after more than a hundred years it remains a controversial period in American history, and historians regularly provide us with new interpretations and new evaluations to explain what and why events occurred and individuals behaved as they did. In presenting this second edition, the author has tried to be responsive to the newer viewpoints that have been forthcoming since the book's initial publication. But there can be no question that current studies of the market revolution, the role of women, religious reforms and social developments have added immeasurably to our understanding of this era.
Robert V. Remini, preeminent authority of the life andtimes of Andrew Jackson, is a History and Research Professor of theHumanities emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, wherehe has taught and done scholarly research since 1965. From 1982 to1987 he was the Director of UIC s Institute for theHumanities. In addition to teaching at both Columbia and Fordhamuniversities early in his career, Dr. Remini was the SouthallFreeman Professor at the University of Richmond in 1992, and the W.Harold and Martha Welsh Professor of American Studies at theUniversity of Notre Dame in 1995 and 1996. Dr. Remini has received many awards and honors in hisillustrious career, including the National Book Award for histhree-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in 1984. He has lecturedon King Andrew at the White House and for theSmithsonian Institution, and he has received the George WashingtonMedal of Honor from the Freedom Foundation. As well as other distinguished books on Jackson, Dr. Rimini isthe author of Henry Clay, Statesman for the Union andMartin Van Buren and the Making of the Democratic Path. Heis currently completing a two-volume biography of DanielWebster.