The Birth of Modern Politics : Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828


The Birth of Modern Politics : Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828



This book's title is a bit deceptive. Parsons [College at Brockport emeritus] has written an excellent study of US national politics during the 1820s, with the 1828 election serving as the culmination of the transformations in both the ideology and partisan tactics that defined the decade. The beginning chapters provide excellent biographical summaries of Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams. In a concise yet thorough and engaging manner, the middle chapters discuss the "Era of Good Feelings" and the controversial election of Adams to the presidency in 1824. The concluding section treats the election of 1828 and the aftermath in its various aspects; issues, ideology, the rise of the partisan press, and the advent of general electioneering hoopla all come in for examination. Ultimately, Parsons concludes that these forces were all better understood and more adeptly deployed by the Jacksonians, that "the tectonic plates of politics had shifted, and Andrew Jackson was the first to benefit" (p. 183). Adroitly synthesizing an array of scholarship, Parsons's account stands as the definitive treatment of not only this watershed election, but the political culture in which it unfolded. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. K. M. Gannon Grand View University Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

xviii, 252 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.






Located in Drake Library at: E380 .P37 2009

CONTENTS: Prologue: "The most rude and ruthless election that ever took place..." -- "Mr. Adams... will be an able helpmate..." -- "It is impossible for me to contemplate (General Jackson's) character without veneration" -- "A radical reform in the political feelings of this place is needed" -- "The re-election of Mr. Adams is out of the Question" -- "I never war against females" -- "Swimming rivers and risking their lives to get to the polls" -- Epilogue: "Nothing, but much mischief".