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The Jacksonian movement in American historiography

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  • Politics And Government -- 1815-1861 ( Lcsh )
  • History -- Historiography ( Lcsh )
  • History Thesis Ph. D ( Lcsh )
  • Dissertations
  • Academic -- History ( Lcsh )
  • History
  • Political Science


The Jacksonian movement in American historiography THE JACKSONIAN MOVEMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORIOGRAPHY Bv ALFRED ALEXANDER CAVE A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA June, 1961 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IIIIIIIIMIilllililllillllil 3 1262 08552 5581 PREFACE The purpose of this study is to trace the varied interpre- tations of the nature and significance of the Jacksonian movement as they have developed from Jackson's day to our own. The author has conceived his first responsibility to be the faithful reproduction of the interpretative ideas regarding the Jacksonian movement and its place in American history which have been advanced throu^ the years. His primary purpose is to trace their evolution, not to pass judgment on their validity. In this historiographic essay no effort will be made to suggest a final, "definitive" interpretation of the Jacksonian era. The first two chapters of this study are devoted to the parti- san debates of the Jackson era. In dealing with the conteD5)orary partisan interpretations of the party battles of the Jackson era, this writer has endeavored to present the themes embodied in the political polemics of the day as he found them. Though some measure of interpre- tation is implicit and inevitable in the very act of the selection of materials, as vrell as in the manner of their presentation, it has not been the author's intention to advance his ovm interpretation of the Jacksonian movement. Rather, he has sought to answer the question. How did the partisans of Jackson's day defend their party programs? How did they explain their relationship to the main stream of American history? However, because the supporters of Jackson and the adherents ii of Whiggery were both beset by dissension vrithin their oim ranks, it has been necessary to delineate the fa

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