John william ward's andrew jackson: symbol for an age, is one of the great classics of american studies it treats jackson less as a political figure than as a symbol of white american's aspirations.
Andrew jackson was born to presbyterian scots-irish immigrants andrew and elizabeth jackson, on march 15, 1767 approximately two years after they had emigrated from carrickfergus three weeks after his father's death, andrew was born in the waxhaws area near the border between north and south carolina.
The jackson that margaret bayard smith and other washingtonians decried in 1829 existed merely as a symbol old hickory was not as refined as the adamses who served as chief executive, nor as.
It isn't a biography of jackson, but more about the age of jackson and the influence he had on society and vice versa i found it particularly interesting because jackson was the first populist president elected. A powerful, victorious general or merely a man of will separating myth from reality, john william ward here demonstrates how andrew jackson captured the imagination of a generation of americans and came to represent not just leadership but the ideal of courage, foresight, and ability. Andrew jackson: symbol for an age / edition 1 every age creates heroes to suit its needs for young, pioneering america of the early nineteenth century, andrew jackson filled that need.
Mr ward, who teaches at princeton, very successfully illustrates his point that jackson more than marked an ageâ€”he belonged to it.