Andrew Jackson, Hero or Zero

I Think Zero

Zeroing The Nation

Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the U.S. He made good and bad decisions, but most were bad. He caused the Trail Of Tears, which forced the Indian Removal. Jackson ignored Worcester vs. Georgia, the Court Case with the Cherokee about their land. And because Jackson was abusing his power, he was compared to a king.

Mistreating The Cherokee

The Trail of Tears was an Indian Removal Act signed and made a law by Jackson. The Worcester vs. Georgia Supreme Court ruling said that the Cherokee nation was a "sovereign" nation, and Georgia could not interfere with the Cherokee, but Jackson ignored them. Jackson wanted the land for gold and fertile soil, so the Cherokee's were forced to leave their homes and move west to Oklahoma.

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National Bank Shutdown

Jackson, the epitome of the frontiersmen, resented the bank's lack of funding for expansion into the unsettled Western territories. To Jackson, the bank symbolized how a privileged class of businessmen oppressed the will of the common people of America. So, he vetoed it and shut it down, and opened up State Banks.

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Andrew Jackson - Good Evil & The Presidency - PBS Documentary

Jackson Cartoon

This cartoon of Andrew Jackson represents him destroying the National Bank