- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (December 27, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525472932
- ISBN-13: 978-0525472933
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Old Hickory:Andrew Jackson and the American People Hardcover – December 16, 2004
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Starred Review. Grade 7 Up–More than a biography, this fine study of our seventh president is also a history and analysis of the times in which he lived. Born in a log cabin to a strong-willed, Scotch-Irish widow, Jackson lacked formal education but was intelligent and could size up people and events, a useful trait for his work as a soldier, lawyer, judge, legislator, and president. Defeated by John Quincy Adams in the 1824 election even though he had won the popular vote, Jackson was elected president four years later, following a dirty campaign that smeared both him and his wife. He was a strong-willed leader whose opinions would be most unpopular today. 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.–Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Gr. 6-12. Jackson's life lends itself perfectly to Marrin's famously hyperbolic narrative style. The product of a rough-hewn, eye-for-an-eye backwoods culture, Jackson, who killed a man in a duel (the only president to have done so), won office as much through force of personality as by his brilliant military achievements. He delayed the Civil War's start by decades while effectively putting spurs to the young country's economic growth, and he brought "more suffering to Native Americans than any single white person in American history, an evil which must forever stain his memory." Along with biographical background, the author paints a vivid picture of Jacksonian society, including searing indictments of the general treatment of women, slaves, and Native peoples and passages on spitting and hygiene, which should not be read while eating. Illustrated with period paintings and cartoons, this thoroughly researched study presents multifaceted views of both a uniquely vigorous era, and the larger-than-life figure that embodied it. Extensive endnotes and a reading list are appended. John Peters
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Top customer reviews
As usual, Marrin does an excellent job not only of presenting an memorable character, but explaining the events surrounding his life. I would not recommend this book for younger than at least 7th or 8th grade, but I would recommend it even for adults who want a readable, clear explanation of Old Hickory and his times! Thanks again Mr. Marrin!
"The first duty of the historian, which comprehends all others, is fidelity and justice. He must reproduce the history itself, making it live again in his representation. His highest and only aim should be, like a witness, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and, like a judge, to do full justice to every person and event which comes under his review."--Philip Schaff