Parsons first starts out the book by giving background information about Andrew
Jackson (who was nicknamed “Old Hickory”), including his success in conquering the
Native Americans. This victory in fact resulted in an entire era of American history being
named after him. As readers we begin to learn the type of man that Jackson indeed
was(“he was a man of action more than words”), resulting in him becoming famous for
“making law and Adams quoting it”( Modern Politics, 2009). Furthermore, we discover
that Jackson was a slaveholder, hated while in office, and was in fact the least qualified
man for the job as President(he even killed a man when he was a citizen). Andrew
Jackson was in...
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...leading authority on the 1820s."
In conclusion, although there are some flaws found in The Birth of Modern Politics by Lynn Hudson Parsons I would still highly recommend this book as other historians looking for historical information from a different perspective. It is highly enjoyable and educational, as well as looks at not only the election and the men behind it, but also the journey that they took shaping them and molding their personalities and opinion of life as well as politics.
Parsons, L. H. (2009). The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The Birth of Modern Politics. (n.d.).Oxford University Press. Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-birth-of-modern-politics-9780199754243?cc=us&lang=en&tab=reviews
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