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The American Antiquarian Society has an excellent collection of biographies of both famous and everyday early Americans. The William C. Cook Jacksonian Era Collection greatly expanded the Society’s holdings of biographies of Andrew Jackson himself, but it also contains material on many other historical individuals.
Though the era was named for him, Andrew Jackson himself is by no means the only person who can be studied using the William C. Cook Jacksonian Era Collection. Contemporaries such as Davy Crockett and Gen. Lewis Cass, women such as Jackson’s wife Rachel, and Native American chiefs are also represented in the Jacksonian Era Collection.
As for Andrew Jackson himself, his life was nothing if not dramatic. When he was born in Carolina in 1767, it was a colony of Great Britain, yet at the age of thirteen he was held by British soldiers as a prisoner of war during the American Revolution. By the time of Jackson’s death in 1845, he was known by every schoolchild in the United States—first as a general fighting the British in the War of 1812, then as an “Indian fighter” against the Seminoles and Creeks, and then as the seventh president of the nation, serving two terms. Many controversies emerged during Jackson’s lifetime regarding his personal life and policies on subjects as varied as Indian removal, slavery, and his wife Rachel’s accidental bigamy. Evidence from his own time, in addition to depictions of his story throughout the intervening centuries, are all available at AAS so scholars can examine these sources in their original forms.