Jacksonian Democracy in Mississippi

Jacksonian Democracy in Mississippi

Jacksonian Democracy in Mississippi

Jacksonian Democracy in Mississippi

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The author cannot predict whether an assistant in the Cataloging Division of the Library of Congress will choose to prepare the printed catalogue card for this volume to read "Jacksonian Democracy in Mississippi" or "Jacksonian democracy in Mississippi." Nor does he particularly care. He has endeavored to treat both the evolution of the Mississippi Democratic party during the Jackson era and the development of political democracy within the state during the same period.

Although the main narrative of this volume extends from the presidential campaign of 1824 through the reunion of the Democratic and State Rights parties in 1839, the author has not attempted to set exact outside dates for the study. Some threads of the story begin before the earlier date, while others extend far beyond the latter year. Jackson's victory in Mississippi in 1824, for example, had been won largely on the battlefield of New Orleans in 1815, while the adoption of an anti-bank crusade and the re-emphasis upon state rights principles by the Mississippi Democracy in 1839 had repercussions that were widely felt in the following decades.

The author wishes to make the following acknowledgments: to the Journal of Southern History for permission to republish in an altered form portions of an article, "Andrew Jackson and Senator George Poindexter," which originally appeared in the February, 1958, issue of that journal (XXIV, 51-66) ; to W. Magruder Drake, John E. Gonzales, and Maud Thomas, who called to his attention certain sources uncovered in their own researches in Mississippi history; to Cecil Johnson, J. Carlyle Sitterson, Christopher Crittenden, and Mary L. Hatley, who read an earlier draft of the manuscript and made suggestions for its revision. He especially wishes to express his heartfelt gratitude to Fletcher M. Green for his friendly counsel, boundless patience, and admirable dexterity in the use of a red pencil.

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