American Lion (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
There is no dearth of books about Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president. He is a towering figure in American history. Born in colonial North Carolina, orphaned as a teenager, captured by the British during the Revolutionary War, he grew up to be an ardent patriot and public servant. Lacking formal education, he worked tirelessly both to improve his own prospects (he became a lawyer and eventually a judge) while accepting every opportunity presented him to serve his fellow citizens in his new home, Tennessee, where he became its first representative in the U.S. Congress in 1796 and later a U.S. senator. He served in his state’s militia, then in the U.S. Army, and in 1815 he secured his place in history as leader of the American forces that defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Lionized as the greatest military leader since George Washington, he used his fame as a drawing card to gain popular support in national politics. Although he lost his bid for the presidency in 1824, to the surprise and dismay of many who had long been involved at the top levels of the government, he was elected to the country’s highest office in 1828. Despite his advanced age and sometimes questionable health, he managed to serve two terms, during which he transformed the presidency from its traditional role as the chief executive for Congress into the undisputed representative of the people at large, equal to (and sometimes surpassing) Congress in determining the fate...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
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