Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War

Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War

By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, President Andrew Jackson and his successors led the country to its manifest destiny across the continent. But that expansion unleashed new regional hostilities that led By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of ...

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Title:Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War
Author:A.J. Langguth
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Genres:History
ISBN:1416548599
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War Reviews

  • Ernie Dixon
    May 09, 2017
    This was a fairly comprehensive volume covering the period of John Quincy Adam's tenure in the White House up through the election of Lincoln. Polk and Pierce are covered very little, and the meat of the book is during the years of Jackson, Van Buren, and John Tyler. There is also a lo...
  • Mike
    Mar 06, 2013
    I found this book to be a difficult one to review. I feel like I learned a lot about the political history of America during the time of Jackson through Buhcanan, but felt that the book never truly had an identity. Much of it wanted to be a history of the Cherokee and the Trail of Tear...
  • Rita
    Sep 26, 2017
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  • Nathan
    May 11, 2013
    I think of this book as a lecture by a completely well-intentioned but overly-enthusiastic professor, gregarious and slightly show-offy. Langguth doesn't sound as elegiac as one might expect. This is no cousin to "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee". Rather, he spins out a tale in spurt...
  • Félix
    Aug 24, 2016
    Author attempted to cover a wide range of events in a relatively small space. Sometimes it seemed he condensed things to the extreme and left a lot of gaps. That being said, the book was still informative. Our European ancestors have a lot to account for. Cherokees tried so hard to ass...
  • Tony
    Jan 02, 2012
    DRIVEN WEST: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War. (2010). A. J. Langguth. ***. I had mixed feelings about this history. It was obviously the intent of the author to fully cover the roots and the reality of the Indian removal across the Mississippi under the preside...
  • Sterling
    Dec 05, 2014
    This is the 4th book in my American history series. I'll have to concede that I didn't give it the attention it may have deserved, but I found the book incredibly difficult to get into. I'm sad to say I don't remember much from the read-just that it covered a really wide swath of histo...
  • Russell L
    Jun 21, 2011
    A detailed history of the politics and actors who affected the push to drive the Indians out of Florida and Georgia to the West. ...
  • Gene
    Jan 14, 2011
    An amazing story, gripping characters portrayed in a way that a fiction writer could never build. The intrigue between Calhoun, Jackson, Van Buren, and Clay rivals the political aspirations of Alexander Hamilton. Somehow they all seem to be three faced scoundrels, but I liked their cha...
  • John
    Mar 26, 2016
    I found this book a bit tough going: many characters, difficult to keep in mind who was who, particularly since many Indian chiefs and leaders had English names. A reference chart would have helped keep track. Still, many misconceptions (I think stemming from a course in American histo...
  • Paul
    Aug 22, 2011
    Fascinating portraits of all sorts of semi-forgotten historical figures, turns out I've forgotten a lot of American history. But here they are, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, John Calhoun, Jackson, of course, and their ladies who play large roles in running Washington. Also the leade...
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    Mar 25, 2015
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  • Steve
    Aug 24, 2011
    Well written, as all books by this author. Much that I did not know, but depressing enough that I am not sure I wanted to know it. ...
  • Michael
    Jul 22, 2011
    Well written with interesting insights into the actions of the men on both sides of Indian removal and "The Trail of Tears". This issue & Andrew Jackson figure into the Nullification debate, however, they don't figure into the Secession Crisis of 1860-61 leading to the Civil War. ...
  • Reid
    Jan 27, 2013
    A.J. Langguth has become my favorite American history author, with my only complaint being he hasn't covered every period in our history yet. "Patriots" remains my favorite so far, but his writing style, knowledge and research makes each of his books enjoyable. That said, I very muc...
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    Oct 13, 2015
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  • Kristin Huston
    Dec 27, 2011
    While I enjoyed reading this book, I just became more and more angry at how everything played out. I've read about the Trail of Tears before and it always makes me angry. Unfortunately, I don't see a whole lot of change in government from then to now. Elected officials promising everyt...
  • Joe
    Nov 17, 2012
    A very good high level overview of American history from 1825 through the Civil War ... with a particularly interesting emphasis on the relocation of the South East American Indians to "Indian Country." The "Trail of Tears" was a very embarressing event in the history of the US. I ...
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    Jan 06, 2015
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    Mar 29, 2013
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  • SeaShore
    Oct 04, 2017
    Excellent. ...
  • Jennifer Sedaille
    Apr 23, 2015
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    Nov 10, 2015
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    Dec 25, 2015
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  • Richard Fasano
    Mar 23, 2017
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  • Michael Wilson
    Jan 30, 2017
    This book is rather interesting and includes a large amount of information. The downside is that the book basically follows the politics of the trail of tears and is not that well sourced. ...
  • DAWN BROWN
    Feb 27, 2019
    Zzzzzzzzz Boring ...
  • Eric Dean Griffiths
    Feb 25, 2018
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    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Bookwoman67
    Jun 05, 2017
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