Andrew Jackson Essay

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Andrew Jackson


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Andrew Jackson, in the author's words, was "mild, polite, polished,
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. Moreover, this
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 understood,
Jackson's life and the times he lived in, will become clear to all.
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
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furious officer whipped out his sword and slashed at the boy's head. Luckily
for Jackson, his stealth saved him from certain death, but leaving him with
scars on his left hand and head which he carried with him his whole life, along
with a hatred for the British. Thrown into prison camp, Elizabeth Jackson would
not let her sons rot in British cells, and making deals for exchange of
prisoners, got her sons in the trade. Alas, Robert died during the trip home,
and Elizabeth was barely able to save Andrew. Being the courageous woman that
she was, Elizabeth Jackson made a journey to Charlestown Harbor, where she
intended to help American soldiers sick in British prison ships, but while
nursing the plague-ridden men, she caught cholera herself and died. Andrew
Jackson's response, "I felt utterly alone", was all that needed to conclude his
feelings about events at that time.
The following years after that, until he ventured into politics,
included going from city to city in South Carolina seeking the horse-race and
drinking his heart out. Uncontrolled and unrestrained by anyone or anything
besides money, Andrew would come to see and do almost everything imaginable at
that time in the United States. He had also gone into various professions, from
teaching to law. It was at law where he began his rise to politics.
On the road to becoming a lawyer, Jackson's first stop was be apprentice
to Spruce MaCay, in North…

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