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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Marszalek, John F., 1939-
New York : Free Press, c1997
|Named Person:||Andrew Jackson; Peggy Eaton; Martin Van Buren; Andrew Jackson; Andrew (Politiker) Jackson|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John F Marszalek
|Description:||viii, 296 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Responsibility:||John F. Marszalek.|
Branded a "loose woman" and snubbed by Washington society, Margaret lived a public life that was considered inappropriate for any woman: she was combative and outspoken, the daughter of a Washington innkeeper who socialized with her father's guests. Margaret attributed the scandals surrounding her name to the small-minded jealousy of other women.
Andrew Jackson, however, saw it as conspiratorially motivated: by defending Margaret's honor he was also defending his choice of John Henry Eaton for secretary of war and, ultimately, defending himself and his presidency.
Unfortunately, Jackson's quixotic actions turned a social scandal into an extraordinary political catastrophe. Before it was over, Jackson forced the resignation of his entire Cabinet, duels were threatened, assassinations were alleged, and Vice President John Calhoun's hopes for the White House were dashed. Andrew Jackson's first term was nearly a failure.
The Eaton imbroglio was a model scandal, complete with media manipulation, quicksand coalitions, and rumors piled so high that their airy density became crushing. In dramatic detail, John Marszalek recreates every step of this gripping plot, and of an era when even the most powerful politicians ceded to an honor code that could not be broken.
- Jackson, Andrew, -- 1767-1845 -- Friends and associates.
- Eaton, Peggy, -- 1799?-1879.
- Van Buren, Martin, -- 1782-1862.
- Politicians -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
- Women -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
- Sex role -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
- Jackson, Andrew, -- 1767-1845.
- Jackson, Andrew (Politiker)
- Politischer Skandal
- Geschichte 1828-1831.