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Bibliography on Jacksonian America

Andrew Jackson Biography

Barber, James. Andrew Jackson: A Portrait Study. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

Brands, H.W. Andrew Jackson: A Life & Times. New York: Doubleday, 2005.

Cheathem, Mark.   Andrew Jackson Southerner.  Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, 2013.

James, Marquis. Life of Andrew Jackson. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1938. (and all other Marquis James biographies of Jackson)

Meacham, Jon. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. New York: Random House, 2008.

Remini, Robert. Life of Andrew Jackson.  New York: Harper and Row. 1969. (short version); 1977-1984 (3 volume edition); 1988 (longer 1 volume edition). Although the three volume work is the most comprehensive, any edition is helpful.

Ward, John William. Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age. New York: Oxford University Press, 1955.

Wilentz , Sean. Andrew Jackson. New York: Henry Holt, 2005.


Rachel Jackson and the Donelson Family

Brady, Patricia. A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Burke, Pauline Wilcox. Emily Donelson of Tennessee. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, 1941. 2 V. One volume abridged version with excellent notes edited by Jonathan Atkins published by University of Tennessee Press, 2001.

Cheathem, Mark. Old Hickory’s Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007.

Cruse, Katherine. An Amiable Woman: Rachel Jackson. Ladies’ Hermitage Association, 1994.

Stone, Irving. The President’s Lady. New York: Doubleday, 1951. (and reprints) (Beware: this book is fiction and is not to be taken literally.)

Jacksonian Period

Adams, Sean Patrick (ed). A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson.  Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Feller, Daniel. The Jacksonian Promise: America 1815-1840. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

Larkin, Jack. The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840. New York: Harper & Row, 1988
Pessen, Edward. Jacksonian America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1978

Remini, Robert V. The Jacksonian Era. Harlan Davidson, 1997.

Reynolds, David S. Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson. New York: Harper, 2008
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr. The Age of Jackson. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1945.


Growing Democracy
Bullock, Steven C. Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Cole, Donald B. The Presidency of Andrew Jackson. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1993.

Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Johnson, Paul E. The Early American Republic, 1789-1829. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Kaplan, Edward S. The Bank of the United States and the American Economy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Larson, John L. Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Magliocca, Gerald. Andrew Jackson and the Constitution: The Rise and Fall of Generational Regimes. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2007.

Marszalek, John F. The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House. New York: The Free Press, 1997.

Watson, Harry L. Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America. New York: Hill & Wang, 1990.

Watson, Harry L. Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay. Boston: Bedford, 1998.

Wilentz, Sean. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. New York: Norton, 2005.


Slavery & Cotton Economy
Baptist, Edward. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.  New York: Basic Books, 2014.

Berlin, Ira. Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves. Cambridge: Belknap Press (Harvard), 2003.

Burton, Anthony. The Rise and Fall of King Cotton. London: A. Deutsch & BBC, 1984.

Campbell, Edward D. C Jr. and Kym Rice (eds.) Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991

Johnson, Walter.  River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom.  Cambridge: Belknap Press (Harvard), 2013.

Lakwete, Angela. Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Mack, Angela D. and Stephen D. Hoffius (eds) Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008

Mariner’s Museum. Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002

Scarborough, William Kauffman. Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the Mid- Nineteenth-Century South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, c2003.

Scarborough, William Kauffman. The Overseer: Plantation Management in the Old South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1966.

Vlach, John Michael. Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

Vlach, John Michael. Planter’s Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 2002


Religion & Reform

Garvey, T. Gregory. Creating the Culture of Reform in Antebellum America. University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Hatch, Nathan. The Democratization of American Christianity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

McLoughlin, William G. Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Mintz, Stephen. Moralists and Modernizers: America’s Pre-Civil War Reformers. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
Raboteau, Albert J. Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Women’s Lives in a Changing America

Allgor, Catherine. Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help build a City and a Government. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2000.

Camp, Stephanie M. H. Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Clinton, Catherine. The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

McMillen, Sally G. Southern Women: Black and White in the Old South. 2nd ed. Wheeling, Ill.: Harland Davidson, c2002.

White, Deborah Gray. Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1985.


Creating an American Culture
Abrahams, Roger D. Singing the Master: The Emergence of African American Culture in the Plantation South. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.
Benjamin, Asher. The American Builder’s Companion. New York: Dover, 2009 (reprint).
Cooper, Wendy. Classical Taste in American, 1800-1840. New York: Abbeville Press and the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1993.
Kennedy, Roger. Greek Revival America. New York: Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, 1989.


Maynard,  W. Barksdale. Architecture in the United States, 1800-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
Winterer, Caroline. The Culture of Classicism Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1780-1910. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. Southern Honor: Ethics & Behavior in the Old South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.



Indians and Westward Expansion
Braund, Kathryn H. (ed) Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2012.


Finger, John. The Tennessee Frontier. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Heidler, David & Jeanne. Old Hickory’s War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1996.


Kanon, Tom.  Tennesseans at War 1812-1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, and the Battle of New Orleans. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2014.
O’Brien, Sean Michael. In bitterness and in tears: Andrew Jackson’s destruction of the Creeks and Seminoles. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003.
Owsley, Frank L. Struggle for the Gulf Borderlands: The Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans, 1812-1815. Gainesville: University Presses of Florida, 1981.
Perdue, Theda and Michael Green. The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford Books, 1995.
Remini, Robert . Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars. New York: Viking, 2001.
Rogin, Michael. Fathers and Children: Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975.
Satz, Ronald N. American Indian Policy in the Jacksonian Era. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press 1975.
Satz, Ronald N. Tennessee’s Indian Peoples. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1979.
Wallace, Anthony F. C. The Long Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians. New York: Hill & Wang, 1993.