The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson Audiobook, by David S. Brown Play Audiobook Sample

The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson Audiobook

The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson Audiobook, by David S. Brown Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jacques Roy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797139685

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31:18 minutes

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15 seconds

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14:23 minutes

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A revelatory, timely, and masterful biography of President Andrew Jackson that offers a new perspective on this charismatic figure in the context of American populism—identifying the reasons for his popularity as it shows us the man and politician in his full complexity.

A number of bestselling and award-winning biographies have been written about the seventh president of the US, but none have placed Andrew Jackson within the context of populism. Now, historian David S. Brown traces Jackson’s unusual life and legacy and sheds new light on his place in our nation’s history, focusing on his role as a populist leader.

Andrew Jackson rose from rural poverty to become the dominant figure in American politics between Jefferson and Lincoln. His reputation, however, defies easy description. Some regard him as the symbol of a powerful democratic movement that saw early 19th century suffrage restrictions recede for white men. Others stress his prominent role in removing Native American peoples from their ancestral lands, which were then opened to create a southern cotton kingdom, home to more than a million enslaved people.

A self-defined champion of “farmers, mechanics, and laborers,” Jackson railed against the established ruling order, fostering a brand of democracy that struck a chord with the common man and helped catapult him into the presidency—he was the first westerner, first orphan, and first prisoner of war to occupy the office.

Drawing on a wide range of research material, The First Populist takes a fresh look at Jackson’s public career, including the momentous Battle of New Orleans and the far-reaching Bank War; it reveals his marriage to an already married woman, a deadly duel with a Nashville dandy, and analyzes his magnetic hold on much of the country at the time.

Presenting a full portrait of a controversial American life, The First Populist offers a new way to interpret Jackson’s legacy, connecting “Old Hickory” to a longer history of nativism, dissent, and partisanship that has come to define our current times.

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About David S. Brown

David S. Brown, Raffensperger Professor of History at Elizabethtown College, is the author of several books, including Moderates: The Vital Center of American Politics and the Pulitzer Prize nominee Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography.

About Jacques Roy

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.