Old Hickory

Old Hickory : Andrew Jackson and the American People

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From a childhood steeped in poverty, violence, and patriotic pride, Andrew Jackson rose to the heights of celebrity and power. The first popularly elected president, he won admiration by fighting corruption, championing the common man, shaping the power of the executive office, and preserving the fragile union of the young United States. Yet Jackson's ruthless pursuit of what he believed to be "progress" left indelible stains on the nation's conscience: broken treaties and the Trail of Tears are among Old Hickory's darker legacies. Vivid detail and unflinching analysis characterize Albert Marrin's fascinating rendering of the adventurous life, painful complexity, and continuing controversy that define the Age of Jackson.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 190.5 x 256.5 x 25.4mm | 1,020.59g
  • Penguin Group USA
  • Dutton Children's Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0525472932
  • 9780525472933

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"Marrin gives readers an Andrew Jackson who is both a product and a shaper of his times....And by deliberately showing Jackson's contradictions...Marrin lets readers judge the worth of Jackson the man as well as Jackson the general and president."--The Horn Book "More than a biography, this fine study of our seventh president is also a history and analysis of the times in which he lived...Marrin discusses the changes to society brought about by the Industrial Revolution, the railroads, and the rise of the market economy. Written in an engaging style and with a wealth of detail, the book is enhanced by numerous black-and-white illustrations, including reproductions of political cartoons, portraits, and documents. The lists of sources and of additional reading are extensive." -School Library Journal, starred reviewshow more

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