"Robert Remini's The Life Of Andrew Jackson"

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Robert Remini's, "The Life of Andrew Jackson" When somebody mentions Andrew Jackson's name, many people think of our seventh president. Before I read "The Life of Andrew Jackson" by Robert Remini, that is exactly what I thought of when ever I would hear his name. The book encapsulates the long and controversial life of Andrew Jackson in a very clear and concise way. Andrew Jackson's two terms as president included some very controversial happenings, including the killing of thousands of American Indians. As the following paragraphs describe, Jackson was a man of dignity and strength and became a well-respected man among the people of the United States during his time.

Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 in a small town in South Carolina in pre-revolutionary America. At the age of twelve, he had fought against the British for his independence. Later in life he became a lawyer, a judge, and a high-ranking official in the Tennessee militia.

He had one wife by the name of Rachel Donelson, whom he married while a young man.

Jackson first gained national attention as a military hero. His most famous victory came in January 1815, at the end of the War of 1812. Jackson led American forces to an overwhelming victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, which was a turning point battle in the war.

After losing in the 1824 Presidential election to John Quincy Adams, Jackson was elected President of the United States in 1828. He passionately believed that the office of President was the only one that represented all the people, and that the president must be obedient to the will of all the people. Jackson's party became the Democratic Party that still exists today. His political opponents became "National Republicans," then...