By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, Presidents Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk led the country to its Manifest Destiny across the continent, but the forces and hostility unleashed by that expansion led inexorably to Civil War.
As president, Andrew Jackson decreed that the Indians of Georgia be forcibly removed to make way for the exploding white population. His policy set off angry debate in the Senate among such giants as Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, and protests from writers in the north like Ralph Waldo Emerson, who represented the growing abolitionist movement. Southern slave owners understood that those protests would not stop with defending a few Indian tribes.
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by A.J. Langguth
by Matthew J. Davenport
by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman
by William I. Hitchcock
by Michael D. Doubler
by Alison Weir
by Jane Brox
by William Thomas Allison
by Giorgiy Rukhiladze
by Robert V. Remini
"With the end of the War of 1812, the United States finally resolved its independence from the British and underwent an amazing transformation. The nation expanded westward, and, with the removal of the Cherokee to what is now Oklahoma, set in motion, according to the author, the events that would lead to the Civil War. Narrator Mel Foster gives a suitably strong reading of this compelling story. His baritone ably gives credible voices to such disparate characters as Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, and Cherokee leader John Ross (to name but a few), each with a distinct voice and appropriate accent. He delivers narrative sections with the same care and skill, keeping the listener's interest and moving the story at a pace that is easy to follow. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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