Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. Known as "Old Hickory," he was the first President who championed the rights of the 'common man'. Originally from the frontier, he was known for being rough in speech and mannerisms and his fierce temper. After making his name as a general fighting the Creek Indians in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the British in the Battle of New Orleans, he entered politics, resulting in the creation of the modern Democratic party. However, Jackson is best known today for the harsh stand he took on Indian Removal.
In this concise account, John Belohlavek recounts what made Jackson such a magnetic and controversial figure in his own time. Separating truth from legend, Andrew Jackson: Principle and Prejudice shows how deeply Andrew Jackson's actions and policies as president have affected the modern United States.
Belohlavek's account of one of America's most remarkable--and controversial-- leaders is both balanced and learned. Just as important, it is a pleasure to read. Such controversies as Jackson's behavior in Florida, removal of the Cherokees, and the war on the Bank of the United States receive fresh treatment. Most significant of all, Jackson the man always comes through-- the impulsive frontier-statesman long subject to so many myths that it is particularly essential that we have such an able treatment.
- Justus D. Doenecke, Author of Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America’s Entry into World War I
Distilling a half-century of scholarship and teaching, John Belohlavek's Andrew Jackson represents a capstone book on the stirring life and times of Old Hickory.
- Gary Mormino, author of Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams
Chapter 1—Youth on the Frontier (1767-1811)
Chapter 2—The Border Captain: British and Indian Threats (1812-1818)
Chapter 3—The Road to the Presidency (1819-1828)
Chapter 4—The White House Years: First Term (1829-1833)
Chapter 5—The White House Years: Second Term (1833-1837)
Chapter 6—Retirement at the Hermitage (1837-1845)
Chapter 7—The Jackson Legacy