Happy Birthday, Andrew Jackson?

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Today is President Andrew Jackson’s birthday — America’s seventh president — and apparently our current president is planning on laying a wreath on his grave today. So, let’s talk a bit about Andrew Jackson. His campaign is popularly understood to be an election of the Common Man which would be less of a hilarious irony if this wasn’t his house:

Jackson was also a slave owner – -a rich one. He owned over 150 slaves at a time when fewer than 10% of white southerners owned over 100 slaves. Common man? Yeah, sure. I’m starting to see why POTUS likes him so much.

Moving on. Perhaps what Andrew Jackson has become most know for is his Indian Removal Policy. This policy led to the famous Worcester v. Georgia decision where Supreme Court Justice John Marshall ruled in favor of Native American nations as sovereign entities in their relationship with the United States. Marshall’s decision led Jackson to state the famous, “John Marshall has made his decision now let him enforce it!”

Are you nauseated yet?

Anyway, the Indian Removal Policy led to the infamous Trail of Tears which saw the mass removal of the Cherokee Indians west. Over 4,000 of the 15,000 Cherokee who walked died during the journey. Rarely mentioned victims of this removal are the black slaves of the Cherokee who were forced to accompany their masters.

Just some things to think about as we celebrate the birthday of America’s seventh president.

 

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