Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire, 1767-1821 (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
Robert V. Remini is a Professor of History and Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He is best known within the historical profession as a leading scholar of the Jacksonian Era. He has chronicled various aspects of Andrew Jackson’s America, both as author and editor, in seven previous books. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire, 1767-1821 is the first volume of a two-volume biography of Jackson. With this work, Remini begins the first full-length scholarly biography of Jackson to appear in recent decades. The book is a signal work by a significant historian.
Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, the son of Scotch-Irish immigrant parents who had settled in the Waxhaw Settlement, South Carolina. He received his small amount of youthful education during the late 1770’s. In 1780-1781 he served in the American Revolution, an experience marked by extreme difficulty; he was wounded, captured, and imprisoned. When released in an exchange of prisoners, his health had so deteriorated that he came down with the fearful smallpox, a disease that almost claimed his life. The tragedy was compounded by the 1781 death of his mother.
Yet, from these harried aspects of Jackson’s youth emerged a man who would indeed be a towering figure in early United States history. After a brief career as a schoolteacher, Jackson studied law, and eventually became a licensed attorney. The legal...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
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Christian Science Monitor. LXX, December 21, 1977, p. 19.
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