A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Wiley Blackwell by Sean Patrick Adams

By Sean Patrick Adams

A better half to the period of Andrew Jackson bargains a wealth of recent insights at the period of Andrew Jackson. This selection of essays via top students and historians considers a variety of elements of the lifestyles, occasions, and legacy of the 7th president of the United States.• presents an outline of Andrew Jackson's existence and legacy, grounded within the newest scholarship and together with unique learn unfold throughout a couple of thematic areas• positive aspects 30 essays contributed via top students and historians• Synthesizes the main up to date scholarship at the political, fiscal, social, and cultural elements of the Age of Andrew Jackson

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He argues that these rural economic transitions differed regionally and could be characterized as both an “intensification of capitalist production” and a transformation from a non-commercial to a commercial economy (Kulikoff, 1989: 125). In his book Commercialism and Frontier: Perspectives on the Early Shenandoah Valley (1977), Robert D. Mitchell also contends that the economy of Virginia’s “Great Valley” briefly started out as a subsistence-based economy but quickly phased into a commercially oriented economy.

Brooks describes the southwestern plains as a pastoral borderland where captive and kinship networks and cultural and economic interactions between African-American slaves, Indians, and Euroamericans (primarily the Spanish and later Americans) forged a “multiethnic” “political economy” (Brooks, 2002: 31, 196–197). As the capture and exchange of regional Plains Indians was supplanted by African-American chattel slavery, the traditional process in which captives were transformed into kin (metaphorical cousins) slowly disappeared.

In the first chapter, entitled “Slaves, Skins, and Wampum: Destruction of Southern Appalachia’s Precapitalist Mode of Production, 1540–1763,” of her study The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700–1860, Wilma A. Dunaway describes the rapid absorption into the European network of markets by the Cherokee Indians as they increasingly were drawn into the transatlantic deerskin trade. Relying heavily upon sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein’s world-systems theory that provides a model for understanding the development and expansion of global capitalism, Dunaway’s analysis reveals how quickly the indigenous peoples of southern Appalachia were “articulated” into the vast transatlantic trade economy.

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