Andrew Jackson:Symbol For An Age Essay

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In 1765, a poor Scotch-Irish family moved to America in hopes of escaping the harsh reality of European life. The family moved to what is now Waxhaw, South Carolina. On March 15, 1767 a child was born and given the name Andrew Jackson. Shortly after his birth, the Revolutionary War began between the United States and Great Britain.The year was 1780, British troops had taken South Carolina, and Andrew's oldest brother had joined the American regiment fighting in their home town, but died due to heat exhaustion in battle. At the sight of his deceased brother Hugh, Jackson joined the army as a mounted messenger. After the fighting halted, both Andrew Jackson and his brother Robert (who had also joined the American army by now) went back home to the Crawford's. Even though official battles had been temporarily stopped, the "civil war" raged on as Patriots fought Tories in the towns of South Carolina, catching young Andrew Jackson in the midst of the fight. In one bloody encounter, Jackson and his brother were taken prisoner by British soldiers. A British officer ordered Andrew to clean his boots. The boy refused, claiming his right as a prisoner of war not to be treated like a servant. The furious officer whipped out his sword and slashed at the Andrew's head. Luckily for Jackson, his stealth saved him from certain death, but leaving him with scars on his left hand and head which he carried with him his whole life, along with a hatred for the British.Thrown into prison camp, Elizabeth Jackson would not let her sons rot in British cells, and making deals for exchange of prisoners, got her sons in the trade. Alas, Robert died during the trip home, and Elizabeth was barely able to save Andrew. Being the courageous woman that she was, Elizabeth Jackson made a journey to Charlestown Harbor, where she intended to help American soldiers sick in British prison ships, but while nursing the plague-ridden men, she caught cholera herself and died. Andrew Jackson's response," I felt utterly alone", was all that needed to conclude his feelings about events at that time.The following years after that, until he ventured into politics, included going from city to city in South Carolina seeking the horse-race and drinking his heart out. Being the Southern gentlemen he was, Jackson got into many duels. Uncontrolled and unrestrained by anyone or anything besides money, Andrew would come to see and do almost everything imaginable at that time in the United States. He had also gone into various professions, from teaching to law. It was at law where he began his rise to politics.On the road to becoming a lawyer, Jackson's first stop was being apprentice to Spruce MaCay, in North Carolina. But simply being apprentice wasn't enough, Jackson left MaCay after two years, and when he finally got admitted to the state bar, he began drifting about the local courts, taking a case here and there. It wasn't until an old friend made him the public prosecutor of the new Western...

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