The Bank War and the partisan press : newspapers, financial institutions, and the Post Office in Jacksonian America / Stephen W. Campbell.

Campbell, Stephen W., 1983- [Browse]
  • Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2019]
  • ©2019
ix, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Summary note
"The Bank War--Andrew Jackson's conflict with Nicholas Biddle, the president of the Second Bank of the United States-lasted from 1828 to 1836, resulted in the dismantling of Biddle's bank, and contributed to the formation of the Democratic and Whig Parties. The Bank War and the Partisan Press offers a new interpretation of the Bank War by exploring the impact of the nation's communications networks, primarily focusing on the funding and dissemination of the party press. The newspaper business depended heavily on public subsidies in the form of printing contracts and the delivery of newspapers through the mail at low costs. Campbell examines the ways in which federal and state bureaucracies facilitated social advancement among ordinary white men like newspaper editor Amos Kendall, a close ally and informal advisor of the president who authored most of Jackson's bank veto message. By showing how public money could make or break the fortunes of party newspapers, Campbell emphasizes the importance of the state in the nation's early political economy and the ubiquitous nature of public-private businesses in Jacksonian America"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-218) and index.
  • Introduction
  • Public printers, private struggles: the party press and the early American state
  • "A very able state paper": Amos Kendall and the rise of the Globe
  • The monster strikes back: Nicholas Biddle and the public relations campaign to recharter the Second Bank, 1828-1832
  • Monster news! Veto and reelection
  • Two sides of the same coin: the Panic of 1833-1834 and the loss of public support
  • An unholy trinity: banks, newspapers, and postmasters during the Post Office Scandal, 1834-1835
  • Conclusion: 1835 and beyond Appendix 1: How the Bank worked
  • Appendix 2: Average percentage of domestic bills of exchange purchased at each branch office according to region, 1832
  • Appendix 3: BUS note circulation, divided by branch offices in slave states and free states, February 1832.
  • 9780700627448 ((hardback ; : acid-free paper))
  • 0700627448 ((hardback ; : acid-free paper))
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