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A. J. Langguth, the author of the acclaimed Patriots and Union 1812, offers a gripping history of the gathering storm in the decades preceding the Civil War.

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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, Presidents Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk led the country to its Manifest Destiny across the continent, but the forces and hostility unleashed by that expansion led inexorably to Civil War.

As president, Andrew Jackson decreed that the Indians of Georgia be forcibly removed to make way for the exploding white population. His policy set off angry debate in the Senate among such giants as Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, and protests from writers in the north like Ralph Waldo Emerson, who represented the growing abolitionist movement. Southern slave owners understood that those protests would not stop with defending a few Indian tribes.

"A disturbing reconsideration of a key period of history and a powerful indictment of its main actors." ---Kirkus

"Langguth is to be commended for reconstructing the story of the Trail of Tears." ---The New York Times

"Engrossing." ---Publishers Weekly

"Audie Award winner Mel Foster's pleasant narration is enhanced by his use of accents whenever directly quoting the various principals." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"Mel Foster gives a suitably strong reading of this compelling story.... He delivers narrative sections and skill, keeping the listener's interest and moving the story at a pace that is easy to follow." ---AudioFile

"This work is sure to be controversial among western expansion and Civil War scholars and as such is highly recommended for individuals with interests in Cherokee and Civil War history." ---Library Journal Starred Review
Library Journal Review

Driven West

Andrew Jackson's Trail of Tears to the Civil War

Author A. J. Langguth

Narrated by Mel Foster

Publication date Nov 24, 2010

Running time 15 hrs

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