Battle of New Orleans took place in 1815. Great Britain and the United States were still fighting in the War of 1812. The battle began around December 12, 1814. The British wanted to seize New Orleans and control the Mississippi River region. Of course, the Americans wanted to retain ownership of the city and the river. General Andrew Jackson’s American troops crushed the British. However, both sides later found out that a peace treaty had been signed two weeks prior to the battle. Andrew Jackson became a real hero! Older children can read copies of original documents at: Archives. Children can also view the America’s Library site and listen to a rendition of “Eighth of January” at: Battle of New Orleans. Here is an interesting note about history. This battle was so popular in the United States, and Andrew Jackson became so popular in the United States, that January 8th was actually a national holiday as important as July 4th until around 1845!
Barbara Cohen (Asbury Park, New Jersey, 1932; died November 29, 1992) wrote books for children. Her most famous book is Molly’s Pilgrim. She received the 1980 Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award. Children could learn more at: Barbara Cohen.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (born Brooklyn, New York, 1933) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She is the second woman to hold the office. She took the oath of office August 13, 1993.
Andrew Jackson (born Waxhaw, South Carolina, 1767; died Nashville, Tennessee, June 8, 1845) was the seventh president (1829-1837) of the United States. He was nicknamed “Old Hickory” after his leadership in the War of 1812, especially in the Battle of New Orleans. He was the first president to be born in a log cabin, the first to travel by train, and the first to survive an assassination attempt. While he was not a polished man, he did care about the country’s economy and was able to pay off the entire federal debt. Children could visit a website at: Andrew Jackson.
Ruth White (born 1942) writes books for children. She received a 1997 Newbery Honor Award for Belle Prater’s Boy.