Brands managed to rise to the occasion. Jackson was most definitely a man who contained multitudes, and Brands manages to put it all out there without proselytising. Aside from the fact that his legend and legacy have come to represent an array of polarized positions, his actions were, if not contradictory, then at least somewhat confounding.
Despite a humble beginning and the numerous tragedies woven throughout his childhood, young Andrew Jackson became a fiery, passionate fighter determined to take life by the reins and succeed.
His parents, Andrew and Elizabeth, along with his two older brothers, Hugh and Robert, emigrated from Ireland two years earlier. Raised by his widowed mother in the Waxhaws settlement located near the North Carolina and South Carolina border, Jackson grew up with a large extended family that were also Scots-Irish immigrant farmers.
His mother had hopes of him becoming a Presbyterian minister but young Jackson quickly dashed those hopes with his propensity for pranks, cursing and fighting. Andrew, along with his brothers, joined the patriotic cause and volunteered to fight the British and when he was only thirteen.
His oldest brother Hugh died of heat stroke following the Battle of Stono Ferry in InJackson and his brother Robert were captured. Additionally, both Andrew and Robert contracted smallpox in prison and were gravely ill when their mother arranged for their release in a prisoner exchange.
Shortly after their release, Robert succumbed to the illness and died. After Jackson recovered, his mother traveled to Charleston to aid the war effort by nursing injured and sick soldiers. Tragically, while there she contracted cholera and died leaving Jackson an orphan at the young age of fourteen.
About this time, Jackson received a modest inheritance from a grandfather still in Ireland. When his money ran out, Jackson finished school and, although he disdained studying, worked as a schoolteacher for a short period.
Tall and lanky with red hair and piercing blue eyes, Jackson was known for his fiery temper, fearlessness, playful personality and daring spirit.
Budding Lawyer Inwhen he was seventeen, Jackson decided to become an attorney. He moved to Salisbury, North Carolina, where he studied law by apprenticing with prominent lawyers.
After three years, Jackson received his license to practice law in several counties scattered throughout the North Carolina back country. To supplement his income he also worked in small-town general stores. While living in North Carolina, Jackson gained a reputation for being charismatic, wild and ambitious.
He loved to dance, entertain, gamble and spend his free time with friends in taverns. This territory stretched from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River.
In the fall ofhe moved to Nashville. Many people think Andrew Jackson fought hundreds of duels. He did have a temper, and he was challenged and he challenged others several times. But only one duel resulted in shots fired — the duel in when he killed Charles Dickinson. Jackson challenged Dickinson to a duel in Kentucky to settle the matter.
Dickinson, a well-known marksman, fired the first shot wounding Jackson in the chest. Despite this, Jackson still managed to shoot and mortally wound Dickinson.Dec 22, · The British Empire and the Causes of the American Revolution rebel in the s and s when the American mainland colonies did.
During the American Revolution by Andrew Jackson O. Andrew Jackson was born to Presbyterian Scots-Irish immigrants Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson, on March 15, 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.
This stint as a captive would cost Jackson's brother his life. Jackson's only remaining relative, his mother, died of cholera while helping soldiers in Charleston. Thus, when the war ended, it . Early Life. Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, , near Lancaster, South Carolina.
His parents, Andrew and Elizabeth, along with his two older brothers, Hugh and Robert, emigrated from Ireland two years earlier. Jackson’s father, for whom he was named, died shortly before he was born.
Jackson's mother had regaled her sons with stories of the battle for freedom in their native Ireland, including tales of how Jackson's grandfather had fought against the British in Ireland and participated in the siege of Carrickfergus. For Jackson's family, fighting the British was more of a personal affair than a political one.
Andrew Jackson lived a truly epic life. Born to hardy Scotch-Irish stock in the Waxhaws, a backcountry region in the then-disputed border between the Carolinas, the boy Jackson became a man in the brutal guerrilla warfare between the British, the Tories, and the Patriots.