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American HonorThe Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era$
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Craig Bruce Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638836

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638836.001.0001

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March 16, 1824

March 16, 1824

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(p.241) Epilogue March 16, 1824
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American Honor
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Craig Bruce Smith

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638836.003.0009

On March 16, 1824, former major general Andrew Jackson was invited to the White House to receive the Congressional Gold Medal from President James Monroe in a ceremony filled with “pomp and parade.” The medal was a long overdue reward for his service at the Battle of New Orleans, but it also signalled a formal and public recognition of Jackson’s character. This narrative epilogue will explore how Andrew Jackson came to define a new generation of individuals who sought to make their own path in the world and move from beyond the shadow of their Revolutionary ancestors and their ideals. This section will illustrate how Jackson embodied a nineteenth-century American culture whereby honor became linked with glory and ambition was no longer a vice.

Keywords:   Andrew Jackson, Congressional Gold Medal, James Monroe, John Eaton, War of 1812, Native Americans, Emer de Vattel, Nathanael Greene, Battle of New Orleans, Dueling

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