“Andrew Jackson: Flamboyant Hero of the Common Man” by John F. Marszalek
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, lead a very difficult childhood and adulthood. He lost most of his family at a very young age and struggled through life to find assurance from those around him “that they would always remain at his side.” Jackson insisted on total loyalty and in return he would also be completely loyal. In the article, John Marszalek shows the triumphs and lows of the life of Andrew Jackson from orphanage to presidency.
Jackson was a problematic man because of his tough childhood; even before he was born, his father, also named Andrew, had already died. On March 15, 1767, Jackson was born as the third child in his family. His mom, brothers and he lived with his mother’s sister due to lack of financial support. However, the revolutionary war forced his family to flee; in 1781, the British captured him and his brother. They were thrown in prison, but fortunately they survived because his mother had traded them with a couple British soldiers. This was the last time Jackson saw her before she died in the fall of 1781 due to cholera she caught while she nursed the sick. As a result, Jackson grew angry and frustrated, developing a lifelong anger and insistence on the “unquestioning devotion of friends and relatives.”
When the War of 1812 began, Jackson led the Tennessee militia to New Orleans. But then was shocked in February 1813 to receive a War Department order dismissing him and his men from the military service. He consequently ignored the orders and took out an Indian uprising, killing many Indian women and children. His most famous battle was the Battle of New Orleans, because there he became the symbol of American’s ability to stand up to the British. Jackson was no longer regarded as a murderer, but a “universally admired hero.”He later ignored congress again and raided Spanish forts in Florida causing a slip in the Cabinet and Congress....