Young Hickory: The Making of Andrew Jackson

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Taylor Trade Pub., Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
Drawing on dozens of new sources, celebrated historical biographer Hendrik Booraem illuminates in Young Hickory: The Making of Andrew Jackson the adventurous, fighting life of the father of the Democratic party. Focusing on Jackson's early years, Booraem brings to life America's turbulent period between 1765 and 1788 and Jackson's dramatic role in it: his wounding and imprisonment, his brush with death by smallpox, his loss of home and family during the war, and his gritty determination to create a new identity.

Beginning with the dramatic story of the Jackson-Crawford clan's immigration from Ireland and culminating with Jackson's entrance into the legal world, Young Hickory brings Jackson into sharp focus by examining the events that made him. Booraem's intensive research and compelling storytelling add remarkable depth and detail to the story of America's controversial seventh president, witnessing early indicators of his future fortune. Booraem delves deeply into previously untapped primary sources of material such as:
-- Jackson's own recollections as recounted to family members
-- church and family records
-- a collection of recently gathered oral traditions
-- peripheral sources such as affidavits and ledgers

Informed and original, Young Hickory paints a stirring portrait of Jackson's early years, vividly filling in the backdrop of his controversial life.

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An excellent book all-around: subject, writing, research. I was particularly interested in this book because my ancestors lived in the Carolina backcountry in the last quarter of the 18th century ... Read full review

Young Hickory: the making of Andrew Jackson

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Though much has already been written about Andrew Jackson, this book demonstrates that there is still room for new findings and fresh insights. Booraem, who taught history at Rutgers University and ... Read full review

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