suggestions for further reading
An excellent introductory bibliography to the extensive available literature on Jacksonian era politics is in Edward Pessen, Jacksonian America: Society, Personality and Politics ( Homewood, Ill., 1969), pp. 352-94. Charles Sellers, "Andrew Jackson Versus the Historians," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, XLIX ( March, 1958), 615-34, and Alfred A. Cave , Jacksonian Democracy and the Historians ( Gainesville, Fla., 1964) place this literature in historiographic perspective. Richard Hofstadter, The Progressive Historians ( New York, 1968), and Lee Benson, Turner and Beard: American Historical Writing Reconsidered (Glencoe, Ill., 1960), are the best introductions to that most influential group of scholars. Hofstadter and Benson should be supplemented by John Higham's two studies of twentieth-century American historiography, History ( Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1965), and Writing American History: Essays in Modern Scholarship ( Bloomington, Ind., 1970).
Lee Benson's call to political historians to incorporate systematic quantitative data when studying popular voting is in "Research Problems in American Political Historiography," first published in Mirra Komarovsky , ed., Common Frontiers in the Social Sciences (Glencoe, Ill., 1957), pp. 113-83; and reprinted above on pp. 70-101. The development of Benson's ideas can be seen in "An Approach to the Scientific Study of Past Public Opinion," Public Opinion Quarterly, XXXI