Stormfields

Andrew Jackson and the Republican Fear of a Standing Army

While Andrew Jackson is a particular type of American, he is very much that type, the definition and embodiment of that type. In the twentieth century, he would become Ethan Edwards, played by John Wayne, in John Ford’s… Read More

Five Points to Understand The Thought of John C. Calhoun

I.  Pre-Compromise of 1820 Nationalism Let it not be forgotten, let it be forever kept in mind, that the extent of the republic exposes us to the greatest of calamities—disunion,” Calhoun warned as Secretary of War in February… Read More

Democracy in America, Part I (Full Lecture)

Jacksonian America FINAL Study Guide

Final Study Guide; Birzer the Fearsome History of the Early American Republic (aka, “Jacksonian America”, H302) Autumn 2016 I will provide the blue books for the exam.  For each section, I am assuming your knowledge of the books… Read More

Timeline, Jacksonian America

Early Republic Timeline, 1807-1848; Birzer 1807     Jefferson Embargo 1809     James Madison becomes president Jefferson Embargo repealed 1810     Henry Clay elected Speaker of the House Fletcher v. Peck 1811     Battle of Tippecanoe 1812     War of 1812 begins

Syllabus: Jacksonian America, Fall 2016

H302: “Jacksonian America” aka Democratization of America, 1807-1848 Meeting Times: Tuesday/Thursday, Lane 124, 9:30-10:45 Instructor: Professor Bradley J. Birzer Office: Delp 403   Description Probably no generation after the American founding had a more diverse range of powerful… Read More

Jacksonian America: Course Description

Excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a favorite (well, to me, anyway) course: Jacksonian America (H302) this coming fall semester. Description Probably no generation after the American founding had a more diverse range of powerful personalities—John Quincy… Read More

Russell Kirk on Alexis De Tocqueville, 1953

“Tocqueville is a writer who should be read not in abridgment, but wholly; for every sentence has significance, every observation sagacity. The two big volumes of Democracy in America are a mine of aphorisms, his Old Regime is… Read More