The Growth of the Nation, 1809 to 1837; From the Beginning of Madison's Administration to That of Van Buren

The Growth of the Nation, 1809 to 1837; From the Beginning of Madison's Administration to That of Van Buren

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... The father of the president was not a landholder, and died within two years of his arrival. Shortly after his death his son Andrew was born, March 15, 1767. Though his leading biographer gives Union County, North Carolina, as the place of his birth, Jackson himself mentions South Carolina several times as his birth State. He was reared in the most straitened circumstances. Mere living may not have been diflicult, any more than for the quadrupeds, where coarse food existed in abundance. But the larger life in which there was the semblance of comfort and ease and culture was not for the lad. Hardship was native both to the section and the times. The frontier was raw and the spirit was bitter, owing to the division of sentiment touching the struggle for independence. The British broke into the Waxhaw region, and on one of their raids made captives of the Jackson boys. The war cost the future general the lives of both his brothers and also that of his mother, who died on her way to Charleston to do hospital service for sick prisoners. Not only loss of relatives, but the memory of an indignity which he suffered were his heritage of the war. On one occasion a British oflicer ordered him to blacken his boots, and on his refusal the officer struck him across the face with his sword, inflicting a wound whose scar he carried with him through life. From 1781 to 1785 found him first in a saddler's shop, then in a lawyer's ofl-ice, dividing his time between uncongenial employments and more engaging fun, such as racing horses and general mischief. He was gay, passionate, high strung. He could not have gained much knowledge of law, and through his life he did not look at problems of progress with a legal turn of mind. Carried westward by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236760816
  • 9781236760814