Liberty and Power (Paperback)

The Politics of Jacksonian America

By Harry L. Watson

Hill and Wang, 9780809065479, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2006

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As an engaging and persuasive survey of American public life from 1816 to 1848, Harry L. Watson's Liberty and Power remains a landmark achievement. Now updated to address twenty-five years of new scholarship, the book brilliantly interprets the exciting political landscape that was the age of Jackson-a time that saw the rise of strong political parties and an increased popular involvement in national politics. In this enduring and impressive work, Watson examines the tension between liberty and power that both characterized the period and formed part of its historical legacy.

About the Author

Harry L. Watson, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Jacksonian Politics and Community Conflict and An Independent People.

Praise For Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America

“This is a superb book-indeed, a model of its kind.” —Thomas P. Slaughter, Rutgers University

“A splendid achievement, sane, balanced, beautifully written.” —Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia