Rachel, A Prism of History: The Story of Rachel Jackson
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson spent her time on earth shaping and tending homes and children, building friendships, tilling fields. She knew love, scourges, poverty, heartbreak, and triumphed over them all. She faced death with the surety that her God stood beside her, and she won immortality in the heart and mind of her husband, Andrew Jackson. It is ironic that some historians have dismissed Rachel as of no consequence in Andrew Jackson's life or as a detrimental influence. Jackson biographers like James Parton, and Robert Remini emphasized Rachel Jackson's seemingly unforgivable "sins" of stoutness, leathery skin and pipe smoking. They almost unanimously concluded that she was Jackson's inferior and blame her for the questionable circumstances of their marriage when in fact, Jackson married above his humble upbringing and education when he married Rachel Donelson Robards.
Rachel Jackson was a strong, independent frontier woman who served as a emotional and financial mainstay for her husband and a prism of history of Nineteenth Century women. She also loved music, parties, a good joke, lambs, and Lnycoya, an Indian boy that Jackson brought home for her to raise, and most of all, she loved Andrew Jackson and her life with him.
Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:10 PM