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American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House free read æ 0 The definitive biography of a larger than life president who defied norms divided a nation and changed Washington foreverAndrew Jackson his intimate circle of friends and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency Beloved and hated venerated and reviled Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people not distant elites were the guiding force in American politics Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless changing na. Jon Meacham won a Pulitzer Prize for this biography of Andrew Jackson America s seventh president Jackson was certainly an intriguing subject He s known as an advocate for the common man and for fighting against corruption but he is also known for owning slaves and for supporting the removal of native Americans from their lands Jackson was a man of his time to be sureWhen I learned the author was coming to my city to do a reading for his latest book The Soul of America I prepared for the event by reading Jon Meacham s books about Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson Reading the biographies of Jackson and Jefferson back to back provided some interesting insights into America s founding and early decades It s amazing how issues Jackson discussed and acted on back in the 1830s are still relevant today This is an incredibly detailed biography The amount of time dedicated to what s known as the Petticoat Affair became a bit tedious to listen to on a long road trip but overall I m glad I read this book and learned about the complicated character of Jackson Recommended for fans of history Personal Note I finished American Lion on a Friday evening while driving to Nashville Tennessee Jackson s family home called The Hermitage sits just outside Nashville and I was able to visit it on a beautiful Saturday morning In the visitor center guests can watch an introductory film about Andrew Jackson Guess who was interviewed in the film Jon Meacham After watching it I leaned over to my traveling companion and said That 20 minute film basically summarized the 400 page book I just readI m still glad I read it And if you re ever in Nashville I do recommend visiting Jackson s homeOpening PassageIt looked like war In his rooms on the second floor of the White House in the flickering light of candles and oil lamps President Andrew Jackson was furious and full of fight He had just been reelected to a second term as America s seventh president and South Carolina was defying him He hated it for he believed to his core that the state was about to destroy the nation For Jackson the crisis was not only political It was personal Four hundred and fifty miles down the Atlantic seaboard from Washington in Charleston radicals were raising an army to defend South Carolina s right to nullify federal laws it chose not to accept the first step Jackson believed toward secession and the destruction of the Union I expect to hear soon that a civil war of extermination has commenced Jackson said musing about arresting the Southern leaders and then hanging them

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American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House free read æ 0 Tion facing challenging times at home and threats abroad To tell the saga of Jackson's presidency acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers he details the human drama the family the women and the inner circle of advisers that shaped Jackson's private world through years of storm and victoryOne of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents Jackson was a battle hardened warrior the founder of the Democratic Party and the architect of the presidency as we know it His story is one of violence sex courage and tragedy With his powerful persona his evident bravery and his mystical connection to the people Jackson moved the White House from the. Not all great presidents were always good I purchased American Lion after a November 2016 visit to the Hermitage Jackson s plantation outside Nashville Tennessee Growing up a history buff I had known a lot about Andrew Jackson but had largely ignored him after my teenage years That 2016 visit and the realization that it reminded me of that there is indeed nothing new under the sun rekindled my interest As I read the book as when I was at the Hermitage the parallels to modern times are many That is always the case with the past It is interesting that President Trump had a portrait of Andrew Jackson installed in the Oval Office I could uote many things the one said that many would easily attribute to the other They are similar in many aspects as are the reactions to their presidencies Both were the end of the world according to some of their peers and both seem to have some real strengths and some real weaknesses as people and leaders I had to grimace as I read about the issue of Indian removal during Jackson s time It was an issue he was for and there were many voracious opponents to it many of them who had been ardent supportersuntil it was Jackson s policy Then they were against it Change the issue from Indian removal to border wall same deal I am not commenting on either policy only on the fact that political foes changed views on it when it made good oppositionAs previously mentioned there is nothing new under the sun Politically motivated impeachment arguments about separation of church and state and the role of religion in the body politic issues of race being used as political cudgels monetary policy and tariffs populism vs the political establishment It could be today except it is the years before and just after 1830 It is why I refuse to get bent out of shape about much Ain t none of it really newThe text focuses mainly on the years of Jackson s two terms and there was uite a bit that I knew only on the surface level or not at all Jackson s ugliness and bad polices get a lot of attention Indian removal etc But there was to the man there always is and his Nullification Proclamation is a great piece of American presidential history I knew little about Delivered on Dec 10th 1832 it was Jackson s ardent defense of the Union and of a federal government and its appropriate powers It affected every major administration that followed it and it was brilliant Jon Meacham the author says of Jackson He was rather the great politician of his time if success in politics is measured by the affirmation of a majority of the people in real time and by the shadow one casts after leaving the stage I love history but there were times I was not fully engaged with this text The problem is not the subject matter Andrew Jackson is a good story It was the writing and presentation something did not click for me At times Mr Meacham seems a little too fan boyish I am not sure if the text is too uncritical He does not absolve Jackson of his sins and contradictions I just wish he had looked at them a little They are worth examining Andrew Jackson was an important American figure I appreciate any effort to see him in the context of his time and I do feel that American Lion tries to accomplish that I am glad I read itI leave off with something that Jackson said that I think is indicative of many great leaders past and present Always take all the time to reflect that circumstances permit but when the time for action has come stop thinking

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American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House free read æ 0 Periphery of government to the center of national action articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will or face his formidable wrath The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman have found inspiration in his example and virtue in his visionJackson was the most contradictory of men The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give power to ordinary citizens He was in short a lot like his country alternately kind and vicious brilliant and blind; and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safe no matter what it to. History has been ransacked to find examples of tyrants sufficiently odious to illustrate him by comparison Language has been tortured to find epithets sufficiently strong to paint him in description Imagination has been exhausted in her efforts to deck him with revolting and inhuman attributes tyrant despot usurper destroyer of the liberties of his country rash ignorant imbecile endangering the public peace with all foreign nations destroying domestic prosperity at homeWhile some of you may be assuming I have uoted a contemporary political commentator and our current political climate has certainly taken on the dizzying aspects of a three ringed circus I am in fact uoting Thomas Hart Benton a devoted partisan to Andrew Jackson who is describing Old Hickory s enemies of which there was no shortageSurprisingly thirty years earlier during the War of 1812 Benton was one of those enemies who got into such a fierce altercation with then General Jackson that they tried to kill each other in a duelRon Meacham s excellent biography of one of our most controversial presidents does not record Jackson s life before becoming the seventh president of the United States but starts with his first years after becoming president This is perhaps a pity because those years are uite spectacular and give valuable context to how Jackson became the sort of president he was but one will have to go to Robert Remini s thorough Life of Andrew JacksonBut we see the drama the color and Jackson s legacy We also see how nullification and secession was broiling in the South back in the 1830s We also are given clearer understanding as to what caused those feelings of succession Slavery was not actually on the table then since only a few Christian missionaries and abolitionists also Christian were the only outspoken opponents of slavery What the South decried was they considered to be unfair taxation of their produce This may or may not be valid but one will have to go to another source of information because neither Meacham nor Remini provide enough to allow the reader to form a conclusion as to whether the taxes on Southern goods was fair or notWe do know according to Meacham that Jackson made some concessions and partially lowered the tax rate but not to the satisfaction of the South nor John C Calhoun Jackson s former vice presidentYes Jackson had two vice presidents because the first Calhoun turned on him and decided to run a bid for the presidency against him Van Buren became Jackson s second president and also the nation s succeeding presidentWhat is one to make of Andrew Jackson We know about the Trail of Tears enforced by him His documents show that he saw clear incompatibility with the Native and American cultures but insisted that if the American Indians conformed to American society they could keep their land and stay This was a false promise The Indians that chose to stay and conform soon found themselves thrust on to the Trail to the West Certainly a blot on our historyYet Jackson adopted an Indian boy and raised him for many years until the boy in teenage years became ill and diedJackson was not against slavery He had slaves and he did not free them when he died But he was vehemently against secession He passionately believed in the FederationIn fact he firmly believed so much in the Federation and that as president he was the Federation The people had elected him He represented their interests and nothing was going to interfere with that He apparently did not believe that members of the House or Senate represented the people because he made a record number of executive orders setting the ground work for later presidentsHe destroyed the National Bank for this reason He believed that a private bank was corrupt and would exploit the people As the people s spokesman he acted believing that everything he did was in the American citizen s interest How he possessed this special knowledge of the will of the people he never explained and often it seemed as though he confused his personal will with the people s will As a result he had the habit of ram rodding over anyone that conflicted with his intentionsThe main legacy Jackson left was the groundwork for the Democratic Party as we know it today He firmly believed it was the government s job to provide for and protect the people It was under Jackson s presidency that Texas became encouraged to join the Union Stephen F Austin pleaded with Jackson to send in troops and protect the US citizens living inside the Texas territory from the marauding Mexican gangs that were over running American cattle farms and General Santa Ana who was determined to make Texas a part of Mexico Jackson inexorably reminded Austin that Texas was not a part of the United States and therefore was not entitled to US protection The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal moment in Texas history that led to Texas becoming a member of the United States of AmericaTowards the end of his life Jackson experienced a kind of conversion He had always considered himself a Christian although he refused to join a church because he thought the leader of the country should be religiously neutral However there was a radical change in his attitude and beliefs towards the end of his life He joined a church and on his death bed gathered his family and slaves around them God will take of you for me He was speaking not only to his relations and the children but to the slaves who had gathered in the room to mark the end Jackson said Do not cry I hope to meet you all in Heaven yes all in Heaven white and black Near death Jackson sought comfort in the promises of the faith he had embraced in retirement My conversation is for you all he said and then renewed his talk of the world to come Christ has no respect to color Jackson said I am in God and God is in me As are most people Jackson was a complicated person but love him or hate him one cannot deny that he set in motion significant events that propelled us to the country as we know it today


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    review American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House Jon Meacham à 0 read & download DOWNLOAD [American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House] Jackson usually is praised for his vision of the presidency and commitment to the Federal Union while simultaneously lamented for his demagoguery and racism Meacham takes these subjects on without reservation In Meacham's account Jackson is at his very best while staring down the threat to the union posed by the Nullifica

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    DOWNLOAD [American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House] I was hoping this would be a bit critical but it was a hagiography of a very complicated and problematic president Meacham does not let him getaway with his treatment of the Native Americans or his slaves the latter he barely even talks about There is this assumption in the book that the territorial expansions were all go

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  • Hardcover
  • 483
  • American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • Jon Meacham
  • English
  • 02 February 2018
  • 9781400063253