Daniel Howe is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford and Professor of History Emeritus at UCLA. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2008 for his book What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848.
 (May 2009)

Goodbye to the ‘Age of Jackson’?

‘The Rats Leaving a Falling House’; a cartoon lampooning the dissolution of Andrew Jackson’s cabinet, 1831
During the years between the War of 1812 and the Mexican War of 1846, the United States underwent a great transformation. In 1815, at the close of the second war with Britain, the US was what we would call a “developing” country. Most people worked in agriculture, often on semisubsistence …