Andrew Jackson

In producing the complex of events that was to lead the Southern States from Union to Confederacy, Peggy Eaton—aggrieved wife of President Jackson's Secretary of War—played a small, but curiously dramatic, part. Brian Farrell describes how her reputation, and the social snubs it provoked, became the origin of an acute political crisis, which had a lasting effect on the subsequent careers of two of her husband's most ambitious colleagues.

Andrew Jackson was the first President to be a ‘Westerner’ and, writes Larry Gragg, his inauguration in Washington ‘belonged to the people’.