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.
A double-barrelled biography of the political rivals that Watson (history U. of South Carolina-Chapel Hill) sees as embodying competing visions for the future of the US: democracy and development. On the way he outlines the economic, social, technological, and political dynamics of the early 19th century. He also includes 25 primary documents, among them, speeches from the Senate floor, letters to the new president, and Jackson's bank veto. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.