In 1829 Andrew Jackson became the seventh president of the United States, the first who did not come from a wealthy, east coast family. Jackson led an adventuroussome would say notoriouslife. More than any president before him, he sought to represent the votersat this time, only white menand the common people who, in his view, built and sustained the nation. In addition to supporting slavery, Jackson's policy of forcing American Indians to move West led to disaster, including the death of thousands on the Trail of Tears. President Jackson left a controversial legacy that modern Americans still grapple with.
About the Author
Christine Zuchora-Walske grew upand eventually settled downin Minneapolis. But as a young adult, she spent some time gallivanting elsewhere, including the University of Notre Dame, London, the University of Denver, and a small town in the cornfields of Illinois.
Along the way she discovered a love for reading, writing, and inquiryand a desire to make a career of those activities. For almost twenty years now, Christine has been writing and editing books and magazine articles for children and their parents. She began as an editor with the Cricket family of children's magazines. She ventured to the Lerner Group next, and then Meadowbrook Press. After having two children, she became a freelance editor and writer.
Christine's author credits are many and varied. They include crafts and puzzles; a monthly column in which she impersonated a praying mantis; natural science titles for beginning readers; books exploring countries around the world; a debate on the pros and cons of Internet censorship; and books on pregnancy and parenting. Christine has also edited hundreds of articles and books in many genres and for all ages.
Christine is especially fond of science and history. But she loves all kinds of knowledge and literature. She never tires of learning new things, and she gets a kick out of trading knowledge with others.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Adventurous Life 10
Chapter 2 Shaking Up the Establishment 26
Chapter 3 The American System And Abolitionism 36
Chapter 4 The Bank War 48
Chapter 5 Westward Expansion and American Indian Removal 60
Chapter 6 Foreign Affairs and Jackson's Legacy 74
Source Notes 93
Selected Bibliography 98
Further Information 99