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A list of key readings about Jacksonian Democracy.
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  • Altschuler, Glenn C. and Stuart M. Blumin, "Limits of Political Engagement in Antebellum America: A New Look at the Golden Age of Participatory Democracy.” Journal of American History, 84 (December 1997): 878-79.
  • Baker, Jean. Affairs of Party: The Political Culture of Northern Democrats in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 1983.
  • Benson, Lee. The Concept of Jacksonian Democracy: New York as a Test Case. 1961).
Benson rejects the economic determinism of Charles Beard and Frederick Jackson Turner; incorporates such Marxist elements as a belief in the science of history and the possibility of overarching explanatory theories for human behavior.
  • Brown, David. "Jeffersonian Ideology and the Second Party System." Historian 62, no. 1 (1999): 17-30.
  • Bugg Jr. James L., ed. Jacksonian Democracy: Myth or Reality? 1952.
Contains short essays.
  • Cave, Alfred A. Jacksonian Democracy and the Historians 1964.
  • Cole, Donald B. Martin Van Buren and The American Political System 1984.
  • Cole, Donald B. A Jackson Man: Amos Kendall and the Rise of American Democracy 2004.
excerpt and text search
  • Cole, Donald B. Jacksonian Democracy in New Hampshire. 1970.
Uses quantitative electoral data
  • Doutrich, Paul E. Shapers of the Great Debate on Jacksonian Democracy: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood, 2004. 360 pp.
  • Formisano, Ronald P. "Toward a Reorientation of Jacksonian Politics: A Review of the Literature, 1959-1975.” The Journal of American History 63, No. 1 (June 1976): 42-65.
  • Formisano, Ronald P. "The Invention of the Ethnocultural Interpretation.” The American Historical Review 99, No. 2 (April 1994): 453-477
  • Formisano, Ronald P. The Birth of Mass Political Parties: Michigan, 1827-1861. 1971.
Uses quantitative electoral data.
  • Formisano, Ronald P. The Transformation of Political Culture: Massachusetts Parties, 1790s-1840s. 1983.
Uses quantitative electoral data
  • Formisano, Ronald P., "The Party Period Revisited". The Journal of American History 86, no. 1 (1999).
  • Formisano, Ronald P., "Political Character, Antipartyism, and the Second Party System.” American Quarterly 21 (Winter 1969), 683-709
  • Formisano, Ronald P., "Deferential-Participant Politics: The Early Republic's Political Culture, 1789-1840.” American Political Science Review 68 (June 1974): 473-87.
  • Gienapp, William E. "The Myth of Class in Jacksonian America.” Journal of Policy History 6 (1994): 232–59.
  • Hammond, Bray. "Andrew Jackson's Battle with the 'Money Power'" Chapter 8 from Banks and Politics in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War. 1954 or 1958.
An excerpt from his Pulitzer-prize-winning book.
  • Hammond, Bray. "Jackson, Biddle, and the Bank of the United States" The Journal of Economic History 7, No. 1 (May 1947): 1-23.
  • Hammond, Jabez D. The History of Political Parties in the State of New-York from the Ratification of the Federal Constitution to December, 1840 2 vols. Buffalo: Phinney & Co., 1850.
  • Hofstadter, Richard. "Andrew Jackson and the Rise of Liberal Capitalism." Chapter 3 in The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.
  • Hofstadter, Richard. "William Leggett, Spokesman of Jacksonian Democracy." Political Science Quarterly 58, No. 4 (December 1943): 581-594.
  • Hofstadter, Richard. The Idea of a Party System: The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.
  • Holt, Michael F. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War. 1999.
  • Holt, Michael F. Political Parties and American Political Development: From the Age of Jackson to the Age of Lincoln. 1992.
  • Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. 2007.
  • Howe, Daniel Walker. "The Evangelical Movement and Political Culture during the Second Party System." Journal of American History 77 (March 1991): 1216-39.
  • Kearns, Daniel Francis. "Immigrant Catholics, the Market Revolution, and the Creation of Jacksonian Democracy." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kentucky, 2003.
  • Kohl, Lawrence Frederick. The Politics of Individualism: Parties and the American Character in the Jacksonian Era. 1989.
  • Kruman, Marc W. "The Second Party System and the Transformation of Revolutionary Republicanism." Journal of the Early Republic 12 (Winter 1992): 509-37.
  • Leonard, Gerald. The Invention of Party Politics: Federalism, Popular Sovereignty, and Constitutional Development in Jacksonian Illinois. 2002.
  • McCormick, Richard L. The Party Period and Public Policy: American Politics from the Age of Jackson to the Progressive Era. New York: 1986.
  • McCormick, Richard P. The Second American Party System: Party Formation in the Jacksonian Era. 1966.
influential state-by-state study
  • McCoy, Colin. "Democracy in Print: The Literature of Persuasion in Jacksonian America, 1815-1840." PhD dissertation U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
  • Mayo, Edward L. "Republicanism, Antipartyism, and Jacksonian Party Politics: A View from the Nation's Capitol." American Quarterly 31 (Spring 1979): 3-20.
  • Marshall, Lynn. "The Strange Stillbirth of the Whig Party." American Historical Review 72 (January 1967): 445-68.
  • Myers, Marvin. The Jacksonian Persuasion: Politics and Belief. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1957.
  • Pessen, Edward. Jacksonian America: Society, Personality, and Politics. 1978.
  • Pessen, Edward, ed. The Many-Faceted Jacksonian Era: New Interpretations. 1977.
essays by scholars.
  • Remini, Robert V. The Life of Andrew Jackson. 1998.
Abridgment of Remini's 3-volume biography.
  • Remini, Robert V. Martin Van Buren and the Making of the Democratic Party. 1959.
  • Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Age of Jackson. 1945.
This book won the Pulitzer Prize for History; it is an intellectual history focused on Eastern labor spokesmen and downplays the role of the West in Jackson era politics.
  • Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846. 1991.
Influential reinterpretation: excerpt and text search; online complete edition
  • Sellers, Charles. James K. Polk: Jacksonian, 1795-1843. 1987.
  • Sellers, Charles. "Andrew Jackson Versus the Historians." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 49 (1958): 615-34.
Reviews the historiography of Jackson to 1958.
  • Shade, William G. “The Second Party System” in Paul Kleppner et al, Evolution of American Electoral Systems. 1983.
uses quantitative electoral data
  • Sharp, James Roger. The Jacksonians Versus the Banks: Politics in the States after the Panic of 1837. 1970.
Uses quantitative electoral data
  • Silbey, Joel H. The American Political Nation, 1838-1893. 1991.
  • Silbey, Joel H. Political Ideology and Voting Behavior in the Age of Jackson. 1973.
  • Syrett, Harold C. Andrew Jackson: His Contribution to the American Tradition. 1953.
  • Taylor, George Rogers, ed. Jackson Versus Biddle: The Struggle over the Second Bank of the United States. 1949.
Excerpts from primary and secondary sources.
  • Van Deusen, Glyndon G. The Jacksonian Era: 1828-1848. 1963.
Standard scholarly survey.
  • Wallace, Michael. "Changing Concepts of Party in the United States: New York, 1815-1828.” American Historical Review 74 (December 1968): 453-91.
  • Ward, John William; Andrew Jackson, Symbol for an Age. 1962.
  • Wilentz, Sean. "On Class and Politics in Jacksonian America" Reviews in American History Vol. 10, No. 4, The Promise of American History: Progress and Prospects (December 1982), pp. 45-63.
  • Wilentz, Sean. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. 2005.
Highly detailed scholarly synthesis.
  • Wilson, Major L.; Space, Time, and Freedom: The Quest for Nationality and the Irrepressible Conflict, 1815-1861. 1974.
Intellectual history of Whigs and Democrats
  • Wilson, Major L. "Republicanism and the Idea of Party in the Jacksonian Period.” Journal of the Early Republic 8 (Winter 1988): 419-442.