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The Passions of Andrew Jackson written by Andrew Burstein is the story of the life of President and General Andrew Jackson Burstein tries to portray Jacksons life without prejudice In the books preface Burstein says that Jacksons other biographers namely Robert Remini tend to try to make a hero out of Jackson and to not look at all aspects of his career From this book the reader gets the image of Andrew Jackson as a man who was intensely moral -especially in his own mind- quick to jump in defense of a woman or man that he perceived accused wrongly of something and a loving husband Andrew Burstein portrays Jackson as a man who was self-made a man who came from nothing and worked his way up to the presidency of the United States of America He was also an American war hero who never backed down from a fight These are the good aspects of Andrew Jackson but there were plenty of bad aspects also Jackson was a man who embodied the American dream Andrew Jackson was born on March 15 1767 in South Carolina He was the third son of Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson His father died either shortly before or after his birth Andrew went to school in a log cabin Many of his classmates remembered him as someone who was more fond of physical activity than education Andrews life changed drastically when the American Revolution broke out In the summer of 1779 Hugh Andrews oldest brother died after the Battle of Stono Ferry In 1871 Andrew and Robert Jackson were captured by British troops A British officer told fourteen-year-old Andrew to clean his boots when Andrew would not the officer hit him with his sword Andrew held up his arm to deflect the blow and this gesture possibly saved his life His sixteen-year-old brother Robert was not so fortunate He was also told to clean the same officers boots and
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