having abandoned "the principles of democracy" and he attributed his actions to a character flaw--"a desire to please those in power." 9 Eaton's actions were for Jackson another example of human weakness, a family tragedy more than a political setback, illustrating once again that Jackson could never separate his political life from his personal life. It would seem that neither could John Henry Eaton. The Eaton-Jackson relationship demonstrated as well as anything the strength and weakness of employing the culture of personal honor and character as the criteria for judging how politics could and should work. Honor and character were powerful cement, but the cement was strong only as long as each participant believed the others maintained the code. Once the relationship was perceived to have been broken, nothing remained to hold the participants together.
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Publication information: Book title: Andrew Jackson and His Tennessee Lieutenants:A Study in Political Culture. Contributors: Lorman A. Ratner - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 90.
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