THE events of the period covered in this volume are described with some fullness in all of the general American histories. Of these, two are especially noteworthy for literary quality and other elements of popular interest: Woodrow Wilson History of the American People, 5 vols. ( 1902), and John B. McMaster History of the People of the United States, 8 vols. ( 1883- 1913). The Jacksonian epoch is treated in Wilson's fourth volume and in McMaster's fifth and sixth volumes. On similar lines, but with more emphasis on political and constitutional matters, is James Schouler History of the United States under the Constitution, 7 vols. ( 1880- 1913), vols. III-IV. One seeking a scholarly view of the period, in an adequate literary setting, can hardly do better, however, than to read Frederick J. Turner Rise of the New West ( 1906) and William MacDonald Jacksonian Democracy ( 1906). These are volumes XIV and XV in The American Nation, edited by Albert B. Hart .
Biographies are numerous and in a number of instances excellent. Of lives of Jackson, upwards of a dozen have been published. The most recent and in every respect the best is John S. Bassett Life of Andrew Jackson, 2 vols. ( 1911). This work is based throughout on the sources; its literary quality is above the average;