Is Andrew Jackson A Hero Or A Villain Essay

3/14/2013 • Ask Mr. History

Do you believe Andrew Jackson is a hero or a villain to our country and as a man. Please explain.

Libby Price

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Dear Libby,

Like most human beings, Andrew Jackson was a bit of both. He was certainly a war hero, from the American Revolution to the War of 1812, culminating in his greatest victory, at New Orleans, weeks after the latter conflict was had officially ended. He was the first president to rise from a low social position to the White House by popular demand, and a flinty cuss who was never averse to defending his or his wife’s honor in a duel—as well as personally beating the tar out of the man who made history’s first presidential assassination attempt. Although he had no problem with slavery, he was adamant about preserving the Union against secession and nullification. But he will also be remembered as the president who responded to a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes keeping their property by ignoring the judiciary ruling and sending the Army to forcibly drive the Indians out of their homes and off to what is now Oklahoma, an unconstitutional act that led to the death of thousands along the “Trail of Tears.”



Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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leader of dem party and started it

destroyed it

what did aj do to the second national bank


increased or decreased people’s participation in gov


killed a man in a duel defending his wife and fought many duels

over 150

how many enslaved ppl did aj own by 1845

20 million acres of land

what did aj gain in the war of 1812 through the military accomplishment

lead a military campaign against the creeks

what did aj do in the war of 1812


lead troops to victories over the battle of New Orleans

aj was nominated for pres in 1824

more common men voted when

popular vote

though aj didn’t win presidency of 1824 bc no one had won the elector collage he did win

corrupt bargain

John Q Adams won presidency and appointed Henry Clay as the secretary of state bc the hor decided the pres in the case of this election and it was a conspiracy that hc convinced the house to vote for jqa so hc could be sos

Henry Clay

Speaker of the House


andrew expanded what for men

spoils system

replaced incumbent (currently holding a position) office holders with his supporters and fired 700-900 gov officials

vetoed it

claimed the second national bank had to much power and it was the enemy of the common people (the bank is trying to kill me but i will kill it) so he did what to the bill clay brought upon him

tariff of abominations

protective tariff that made the south upset and was made before aj was pres

ordinance of nullification

south carolina threatened to secede if the national gov tried to collect their tariffs

Nullification Crisis

south carolina said that the tariff of abominations was unconstitutional and therefor they would null and void it

Indian Removal Act and Trail of Tears

forced Native Americans off of their homelands and on to reservations which killed many of them and this freed up space for more settlers in the south

Worcester vs Georgia

Supreme Court objected to the mistreatment of Natives and claimed that Georgia couldn’t force them
to do anything but aj ignored this law

Nicholas Biddle

head of the national bank

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