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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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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Biography Series
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807132381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807132388
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,551,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Jackson Donelson is not a common name on the stage of history, and perhaps that is proper, for, in spite of all his efforts, President Andrew Jackson's nephew never rose to true national prominence. Even so, Mark Cheathem's biography of Donelson is an interesting and worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in mid-nineteenth century American politics.

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.
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I purchased this book after learning that an ancestor worked at the Andrew Jackson Hermitage just before the end of his Presidential term. I was interested to see if, by chance, he was mentioned in the nephews book and generally interested in all the goings-on around the Hermitage and Jackson family during that specific period of time. The book is well-written and informative. Amazing to read how so much has remained the same in the political realm for many many years.
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Andrew Jackson's nephew (via his wife Rachel) was the most powerful individual in the Democratic Party from Jackson's administration to the 1850s. He is largely forgotten. One of those behind-the-scenes powerhouses, Donelson was a master
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.

William Seale
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