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  • Andrew Jacksonby Sean Wilentz; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 24.99

    The towering figure who remade American politics?the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilege      The Founding Fathers espoused a republican government, but they were distrustful of the common people, having designed a constitutional system that would temper popular passions. But as the revolutionary generation... more...

  • The Long, Bitter Trailby Anthony Wallace

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 14.99

    An account of Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830, which relocated Eastern Indians to the Okalahoma Territory over the Trail of Tears, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs which was given control over their lives. more...

  • The War of 1812by Jill Mulhall

    Shell Education 2005; US$ 8.99

    When President James Madison declared war on Great Britain for a second time, the War of 1812 began. Problems started when America sent ships out to sea to trade with other countries. The war eventually ended, and the Treaty of Ghent was signed. America earned the respect of the British as a free, independent nation. more...

  • James Madisonby Jill Mulhall

    Shell Education 2005; US$ 8.99

    James Madison made great contributions to the United States. During his presidency, he declared war on Great Britain. Not all of his decisions met public approval, but he was well respected throughout his lifetime and one of the most influential founding fathers. more...

  • Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republicby Sandra M. Gustafson

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 36.00

    Deliberation, in recent years, has emerged as a form of civic engagement worth reclaiming. In this persuasive book, Sandra M. Gustafson combines historical literary analysis and political theory in order to demonstrate that current democratic practices of deliberation are rooted in the civic rhetoric that flourished in the early American republic.... more...

  • American Privateers in the War of 1812by Timothy S. Good

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 75.00

    During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy numbered several dozen ships and captured fewer than 200 British vessels. American privateers, on the other hand, commanded more than 200 vessels and captured more than 1,000 British ships. The privateers proved the only American force that consistently threatened Britain throughout the Atlantic, especially along... more...

  • A Call to the Seaby Claude Berube; John Rodgaard

    Potomac Books Inc. 2005; US$ 22.95

    The U.S. Navy’s real-life “Jack Aubrey” more...

  • Tecumseh and Brockby James Laxer

    House of Anansi Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    At the turn of the nineteenth century, the British Empire is at the height of its ascendancy; Napoleonic France is struggling to maintain its position as a world power; and the incumbent American empire is quickly expanding its territory, while the Native peoples struggle to establish their own confederacy, their own independent nation. Bestselling... more...

  • The War of 1812by Bud Hannings

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 145.00

    Although the American Revolution ended in 1783, tensions between the United States and Britain over disruptions to American trade, the impressment of American merchant sailors by British ships, and British support of Native American resistance to American expansion erupted in another military conflict nearly three decades later. Scarcely remembered... more...

  • Martin Van Burenby Ted Widmer; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

    Henry Holt and Co. 2005; US$ 25.99

    The first president born after America's independence ushers in a new era of no-holds-barred democracy The first "professional politician" to become president, the slick and dandyish Martin Van Buren was to all appearances the opposite of his predecessor, the rugged general and Democratic champion Andrew Jackson. Van Buren, a native Dutch speaker,... more...