Old Hickory (Dutton, 2005)
“Old Hickory”: Andrew Jackson and the American People
The complexity of our seventh president’s character lies at the heart of this portrait of a born leader whose every action was dominated by his intense love and devotion for family and country. His influence at a crucial juncture of American history is undisputed—the three decades after 1815 are still known as “The Age of Jackson.” Old Hickory proved his skill as a politician by preserving the fragile union of the nation during a period of explosive growth and increasing discord over states’ rights and slavery. Yet, Jackson’s relentless pursuit of “progress” led him to support policies that have sewn indelible shame into the fabric of United States history. His political maneuvering led to broken treaties, dispossessing Native Americans of tribal lands and creating the horrific legacy of the Trail of Tears.
More than a biography, this fine study of our seventh president is also a history and analysis of the times in which he lived. . . He was a strong willed leader whose opinions would 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.
—School Library Journal