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 like, Andrew Jackson Jr., third son from Elizabeth and Andrew Jackson Sr., will be raised at the home of Elizabeth's sister and 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 of Ireland, seeking refuge in the United States, made their home in South Carolina. Jackson 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 little rewards; he was given very little schooling of basic reading, writing, and figuring. So, how, in fact, does a man that receives less education than the average American 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? The 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, Andy's oldest brother had joined the American regiment...