Andrew Jackson and the Bank War (Norton Essays in American History)

Andrew Jackson and the Bank War (Norton Essays in American History) by Robert V. Remini 0393097579 9780393097573
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During the changing economic and social conditions of the 1820s and 1830s there was much hostility between the Bank on the one hand, and rising capitalists, urban workers, and farmers on the other. In this context, Jackson aimed to do away with the Bank. The Banks supporters, however, struck back. In a move intended to wrench political support from Jackson, Henry Clay forced a bill through the Senate to recharter the Bank. Jackson vetoed the bill, beginning the long struggle which has become known as The Bank War. Jackson defeated Clay in the presidential election of 1832 despite Clays efforts. Taking his political victory as a mandate from the people to destroy the Bank, he withdrew federal deposits, thereby setting the stage for the Banks eventual death in 1836.In this book, Robert V. Remini begins by discussing the antagonists in the Bank War: Jackson and Biddle. He states that the destruction of the Bank occurred because it got caught between [these] two willful, proud, and stubborn men... He then goes on to details of the struggle, emphasizing the ways in which the War transformed the presidential office: how Jackson capitalized on the struggle to strengthen the executive branch of the government and infuse it with much of the power it enjoys today.

Author: Robert V. Remini

Language: English

Edition: 2nd

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 192

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 1967-11-17


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