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Andrew Jackson By Herman J. Viola. In Depth Review.

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The book that I have chosen to review is a biography called Andrew Jackson written by Herman J. Viola. I have given much thought to trying to deduce the purpose that the author had in writing this book. Because there is no commentary by the author in the beginning of this book, it was left to me to determine what his purpose was. After studying the contents of its pages, I came to the conclusion that the author's purpose in writing this biography was to teach the reader many different points of history through the writing of the life story of Andrew Jackson. Viola described many circumstances and events that were affected by Jackson's influence, and many circumstances and events that affected the life of Andrew Jackson. The Jacksonian Era was a significant period in American history. Although some of his actions were questionable, after my reading I was left with an overall good feeling toward the life of Andrew Jackson and his accomplishments.The introductory chapter is appropriately entitled "The Making of a Legend." Thus the book begins with the end of the War of 1812 which was significant for the life of Andrew Jackson in many ways. It was said that the victory of Jackson's forces over the British in a battle at New Orleans "swept him to the presidency and marked him for immortality." The book, in subsequent chapters, goes on to summarize his life from an earlier age. Interesting that the book begins with this chapter in Jackson's life. Apparently this event was a significant turning point that affected the rest of his life.Jackson grew up as a product of the frontier, and thus only received the best education that the frontier could offer, which was not much. It was said that he did not like to read, never mastered spelling, and was often ungrammatical in speech and writing. Perhaps these humble beginnings contributed to him being known as a "man of the people" later in his life. Another interesting characteristic of Jackson's childhood mentioned in the book is his hatred for the British. Early in his life two of Andrew's bother died as a result of actions of British soldiers. Also, another British soldier gave Andrew a scar that he would carry for the rest of his life. Jackson's early years were not free from strife.At the age of seventeen Jackson decided to study law. He later became an aspiring lawyer and settled with his wife, Rachel Donelson, in Nashville, Tennessee. While practicing as a lawyer, Jackson became involved in politics which seemed to fascinate him from this time throughout the rest of his life.Jackson's military career was very significant in determining his life's course. He proved to be a great military leader. Many times in the book he is referred to as "Old Hickory" which was a nickname that was lovingly awarded to him by his soldiers. From early in his life he was known to be a ruffian and a fighter. He led many successful campaigns against Indian and British forces. These campaigns led him to be known as a hero...

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