Andrew Jackson

Is he really a hero? Or a zero?....


Trail of Tears

Andrew Jackson always supported the purging of Native Americans, brutally campainging it during his time as an army general. Whan he became president, he signed the Indian Removal act, giving the federal government permission to trade Native-ownedland in the cotton kingdom east of the Mississippi for land to the west,

The law required the government to negotiate removal treaties fairly, voluntarily and peacefully. It did not permit anyone to force Natives into giving up their land. However, President Jackson and his government ignored this and forced Native Americans to leave the lands they had lived on for generations.

As part of the Natives removal, the Cherokee were forced to give up their land and to move to a reservation in Oklahoma. This terrible event was named the "Trail of Tears." The Cherokee suffered from hunger, disease, and exhaustion on the forced migration off of their land. Over 4,000 out of 15,000 of the Cherokees died.

Common man or King?

Andrew Jackson came from humble beginnings and supported the common man, but during and after presidency, he definately did not live like the common man. Not only did he live in a mansion, the Hermitage, after his presidency, but he also owned 150 slaves.

Even as a president he acted above the law at times, ignoring rulings made by the Supreme Court.

Spoils System

While in office, Andrew Jackson gave many people government jobs, simply because they supported him during the elections. Many of the people could have been, and probably were, incompetent and not the right people for the jobs. Some knew nothing about politics and some couldn't even read.
Andrew Jackson - Good Evil & The Presidency - PBS Documentary