1Conner GregersonHIST 4197Dr. IsenbergFebruary 14, 2019Scandal and Power in Americas ConceptionScandalous activity wasted no time making its way into American society as it appeared in the time of its very creation. In the creation of a new society, individuals struggled to find theirplace and leave their imprint as the country searched for its identity. Someone had to grow into a position of power to lead this country, but not everyone followed the moral code in trying to do so. Two prominent people at this time who embraced their scandalous behavior in the search for power were Andrew Jackson and Benedict Arnold as they both sought control and fame beyond their necessary reach. Andrew Jackson and Benedict Arnold’s craving for power embodied the selfishness and corruption that America tried to avoid in conception as a nationThe infamous Benedict Arnold is Americas pinnacle of treason towards the very foundation which the country was founded on. Arnold, a then military hero and now national villain, yearned for the opportunity to rise to power and be seen as a star in the eyes of Americas finest. In his early years, Arnold rose to relevance in his military exploits with the local militia ofhis home in Connecticut. As time went on, he gained more praise and promotions with his honor on the battlefield in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Now Brigadier General, he led the Continental Army into the Battle of Saratoga, which proved to be the turning point of the war forthe Colonists. Benedict Arnold turned into a well adored leader and was then promoted again to Major General.