Waking Giant by David S. Reynolds
America in the Age of Jackson (American History)

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Waking Giant is a brilliant, definitive history of America’s vibrant and tumultuous rise during the Jacksonian era from David S. Reynolds, the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Walt Whitman’s America. Casting fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation’s territory and strengthened its position internationally, Reynolds captures the turbulence of a democracy caught in the throes of the controversy over slavery, the rise of capitalism, and the birth of urbanization.
 

About David S. Reynolds

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David S. Reynolds is the Bancroft Prize-winning author of Walt Whitman's America and a Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the City University of New York. He lives on Long Island.
 
Published March 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 484 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Covering precisely the same slice of American history in half as many pages as Daniel Walker Howe’s recent and celebrated What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (2007), Reynolds applies his vast erudition to a period too often treated as mere prelude to the country’s most...

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Henry David Thoreau spoke for many when he longed for a simpler, more contemplative time, as did Edgar Allan Poe, who opined, “Democracy is a very admirable form of government — for dogs.” Some critics may argue that much of Reynolds’s story is well known — the debates over tariffs, monetary pol...

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The time between the end of the age of the founding fathers and the beginning of the Civil War era was for a long time something of a historical black hole for many Americans.

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Henry David Thoreau spoke for many when he longed for a simpler, more contemplative time, as did Edgar Allan Poe, who opined, “Democracy is a very admirable form of government — for dogs.” Some critics may argue that much of Reynolds’s story is well known — the debates over tariffs, monetary pol...

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Christian Science Monitor

If you check the history books, you’ll find that the United States broadened its boundaries in the first half of the 19th century.

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Bookmarks Magazine

He brings to life the reformers, abolitionists, and temperance advocates who struggled to correct America's worst social ills, and he reveals the shocking phenomena that marked the age: violent mobs, P.

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