Historians and others have written a great deal about the American republic and the role Andrew Jackson played in both protecting and, most certainly, even if unintentionally, changing it. I have read many accounts both about the republic and about Jackson. Reading about the old-world influences on Jackson and his friends was easier because my goal was to understand the basics rather than to go in-depth into the history of Scotland and Ulster. The same was true of the degree to which I needed to read about the English gentry. The concept of political culture has been much studied and here too the challenge was to understand the basic idea.
Primary source material was readily available for the study of Jackson, Polk, and Houston but scarce in the cases of the other figures considered in this volume. While there are some collections of manuscripts, mostly letters written by or to Campbell, Overton, Coffee, White, Carroll (who as Tennessee governor also left state papers), Eaton, and Lewis, one would wish for more in the effort to understand their values, attitudes, and beliefs as applied to political life and especially to their relations with Jackson. What follows has been organized to reflect the principal topics under consideration.
Arieli Yehoshua. Individualism and Nationalism in American Ideology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1966.