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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

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By Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of neighbors, and his tumultuous instances are on the middle of this striking e-book concerning the guy who rose from not anything to create the trendy presidency. loved and hated, commemorated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was once an orphan who fought his solution to the head of energy, bending the kingdom to his will within the explanation for democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a brand new and lasting period within which the folks, now not far-off elites, have been the guiding strength in American politics. Democracy made its stand within the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a stressed, altering kingdom dealing with hard instances at domestic and threats out of the country. to inform the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed writer Jon Meacham is going contained in the Jackson White condo. Drawing on newly came upon kin letters and papers, he information the human drama–the kinfolk, the ladies, and the internal circle of advisers–that formed Jackson’s inner most global via years of hurricane and victory.

One of our most vital but dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was once a battle-hardened warrior, the founding father of the Democratic get together, and the architect of the presidency as we all know it. His tale is one in every of violence, intercourse, braveness, and tragedy. together with his robust personality, his glaring bravery, and his mystical connection to the folk, Jackson moved the White apartment from the outer edge of presidency to the heart of nationwide motion, articulating a imaginative and prescient of swap that challenged entrenched pursuits to heed the preferred will–or face his bold wrath. the best of the presidents who've Jackson within the White House–from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman–have discovered suggestion in his instance, and advantage in his vision.

Jackson used to be the main contradictory of guys. The architect of the elimination of Indians from their local lands, he used to be warmly sentimental and risked every thing to provide extra energy to bland electorate. He used to be, in brief, much like his kingdom: alternately type and harsh, awesome and blind; and a guy who fought a lifelong warfare to maintain the republic safe–no subject what it took.

Jon Meacham in American Lion has brought the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who ceaselessly replaced the yankee presidency–and the United States itself.

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Photo by Mark Philbrick; courtesy of Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University enhance the work’s appeal. 45 Joseph did not apologize for the complexity of his book. After all, one of the Bible’s most distinctive features was its complicated nature. The Book of Joseph’s Gold Bible 33 Mormon echoed the Bible not only in this regard, but in its very language and multibook format. Joseph translated the plates in a style of language strangely reminiscent of the English found in the King James Version.

He decried those who became rich at the cost of the poor around them. 11 The lowliest workman or migrant farmer found himself eligible for baptism and then ordination into a ministry of significance. 12 The theme of equality appears constantly throughout the Book of Mormon, a fact that is well exemplified by characters such as the Nephite King Benjamin who asks his people: “Are we not all beggars? 14 Holy Writ or Humbug? 41 In January 1831, just nine months after the release of the Book of Mormon, Joseph decided to move his Church farther out on the nation’s western frontier in order to gather his Saints into a single community.

Threats against the book also worried Joseph, who, still haunted by the loss of the 116 pages he had entrusted to Harris’s care, instructed Cowdery to recopy the entire manuscript to safeguard the translation. Ultimately, Cowdery’s second copy came to be known as the “Printer’s Manuscript,” and Joseph instructed that the Original and Printer’s Manuscripts never be in Grandin’s print shop at the same time. 40 As a final precaution, Joseph ordered that anyone carrying manuscript pages between the Smith farm and the printing office not travel alone.

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