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Old Hickory's Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson (Southern Biography Series) Hardcover – July 1, 2007
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Mark R. Cheathem is an assistant professor of history at Southern New Hampshire University.
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While not directly shaping the great events of the time, Donelson was still intimately involved in most of the major political issues between 1830 and 1860, including nullification, the annexation of Texas, and the other major antecedents of the American Civil War. A careful look at his life gives us a new vantage point from which to examine many of these significant events.
Cheathem writes well, and gives us a thorough and detailed account of Donelson's life and times, relying primarily on original sources such as letters, newspapers and political records. The result is a first rate, and eminently trustworthy, history of Old Hickory's nephew, and a unique and useful window into the times in which he lived.
politician, who ran the party from the White House and later from his home in Nashville. This accurate, well-written book gives
the reader a sense of having a behind the scenes access to the presidency of Jackson as well as the inside track on the gradual preliminaries of the dissolution of the Union.