Andrew Jackson, in the author's words, was "mild, polite,
benevolent, and democratic."
It would not be in anyone's favor
to question the
validity of the his words, but to understand them with
unrestrained faith in
those words will help to insure complete insight into the book.
book stresses the immortal fact that Jackson's private life had
as much irony
and agony as his political/outside life did.
With those factors
Jackson's life and the times he lived in, will become clear to
The important point to understand about most things in
this world is the
nature of their origins, Andrew Jackson is no different. Born
with no idea as to
what his father looks like, Andrew Jackson Jr., third son from
Andrew Jackson Sr., will be raised at the home of Elizabeth's
brother-in-law, the Crawfords in the state of South Carolina.
Andrew Jackson Sr.
descended from a long line Ulster families that were thrown out
seeking refuge in the United States, made their home in South
Sr., dying suddenly before his son's birth, left Andrew to grow
up without a
male parental figure. Living in the Crawfords gave young Andrew
he was given very little schooling of
basic reading, writing,
how, in fact, does a man that receives less education than the
at that time, not to mention the likes of John Adams or Thomas
Jefferson, be, in
the many historians minds, greater than Adams or Jefferson?
long answer to
that question will start when "Andy" as the young, and slim
Jackson is called,
attains to the age of 13.
The year was 1780, British troops had taken South Carolina,
brother had joined the American regiment fighting in their home
town, but died
due to heat exhaustion in battle.
At the sight of his deceased
Jackson joins the army as a mounted messenger.
fighting halted, both
Andrew Jackson and his brother Robert (who had also joined the