Identifier: libraryofamerica00mabi
Title: The library of American history, literature and biography ..
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916 Birdsall, William Wilfred, 1854-1909 Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Subjects: American literature
Publisher: Philadelphia, Chicago [etc.] The J. C. Winston Co

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oils system. It isbecause he was Andrew Jackson. No greater contrast could be foundthan that between his administrationand the preceding one of John OulncyAdams. Adams was the model official.His ambition was to make his adminis-tration a perfect machine. Under it the people prospered ; the public businesswas admirably done ; the country grew and expanded. But amid all this his-personality was almost completely sunk. Few ever thought of John Ouinc)Adams. When Jackson became President, this was reversed. Good men wereturned out and bad men were put in. The public business was sacrificed topersonal and party advantage. The rights and powers of other branches ofthe government were usurped, and tyranny of the grossest kind came to be amatter of course. Amid all this the single figure was Andrew Jackson. Hewas the person whom every one saw, of whom all thought and talked: and itIs safe to say that no other President, down to the time of Lmcoln, is so wellremembered by the comm.on people.584

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ANDRE W J A CKSON. 5S5 Jackson was born in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, in 1767.His father, an Irishman of Scotch ciescent, who had only two years before cometo this country, died before his birth, leaving his mother almost utterly destitute,with the care of a large family. Nothing could exceed the trials and hardshipsof his youth. When he was only thirteen, the British ravaged South Carolina,killed his oldest brother, Hugh, and captured Andrew and his brother Robert,carn/ing them off with others to Camden, forty miles distant from their home.The capti es were not alloed food or even water on the way ; they were throwninto a wretched prison-pen, without beds, medical attendance, or any means ofdressing their wounds. They were kept on miserable food, and, to crown all,smallpox broke out among them. Dying and dead lay on the ground together. Their mother came to the rescue of her boys ; she obtained their exchange,took them home, and nursed them ; but Robert died in two

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