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’?

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

by Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson

by Robert V. Remini
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 …


The Nineteenth-Century Trump

Donald Trump has often been likened to Andrew Jackson; this is welcomed and encouraged by Trump himself. An important parallel between Trump and Jackson lies in their efforts to reshape the political organizations of their time, though Trump does not seem to have Jackson’s knack for political decision-making. The most important parallel between Trump and Jackson lies in their rallying the white working class against ethnic minorities.