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"The Most Valiant in Defense of His Country": Andrew Jackson's Bequest and the Politics of Courage, 1819–1857

"The Most Valiant in Defense of His Country": Andrew Jackson's Bequest and the Politics of... <p>Abstract:</p><p>Andrew Jackson&apos;s 1845 bequest of a gold box to the New Yorker "most valiant in defense of his country ad our country&apos;s rights excited and troubled New Yorkers and indeed many other Americans. Who was the bravest New Yorker? That question proved difficult, if not impossible, to answer, and neither New York City nor the eventual recipient escaped with reputations intact. Indeed, the 1857 campaign to award the box roiled editors, politicos, soldiers, and civilians, underscoring valor&apos;s multi-faceted character. Politics ultimately trumped character to highlight the contested (and elusive) definition of what precisely constituted valor.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

"The Most Valiant in Defense of His Country": Andrew Jackson&apos;s Bequest and the Politics of Courage, 1819–1857

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 38 (2) – Jun 4, 2018

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University of Pennsylvania Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
ISSN
1553-0620

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Andrew Jackson&apos;s 1845 bequest of a gold box to the New Yorker "most valiant in defense of his country ad our country&apos;s rights excited and troubled New Yorkers and indeed many other Americans. Who was the bravest New Yorker? That question proved difficult, if not impossible, to answer, and neither New York City nor the eventual recipient escaped with reputations intact. Indeed, the 1857 campaign to award the box roiled editors, politicos, soldiers, and civilians, underscoring valor&apos;s multi-faceted character. Politics ultimately trumped character to highlight the contested (and elusive) definition of what precisely constituted valor.</p>

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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