Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Andrew Jackson by Teri Kanefield - ADVISABLE

Andrew Jackson (Making of America, #2) by Teri Kanefield, 230 pages.  BIOGRAPHY. Abrams Books. 2018.  $17.  

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.  



Andrew Jackson grew up poor with his widow mother and spent most of his childhood witnessing the Revolutionary War.  At thirteen, he finally joined the war and had experiences that shaped him for life.  Jackson never shied away from a fight and rose up through the ranks in the United States army.  His deep love of the land and the frontier drove him in his decisions as a politician and his love and devotion to his wife and family portray a kinder side to the gruff man.  

I totally enjoyed this biography.  Andrew Jackson has such a polarizing effect on history because in one way he kept the United States safe from foreign powers, but on the other hand he harassed and led the murder of many Native Americans and fought for the rights of slavery.  This biography does a good job of touching on the major events of Jackson’s life without bogging down in the details.  It also shows his mistakes, along side his accomplishments.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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