History vs. Andrew Jackson – James Fester

A national hero? Or public enemy number one? Historical figures are often controversial, but few were as deified or vilified in their lifetime as the seventh President of the United States. This is History vs. Andrew Jackson. “Order, order, hm, uh, what were we…ah yes, Mr. Jackson! You stand accused of degrading the office of the presidency, causing financial collapse and wanton cruelty against American Indians. How do you plead?” “Now, Your Honor, I am not a big city lawyer, but I do know a few things. And I know that President Jackson was a self-made frontiersman, a great general, a real man of the people.” “Your Honor, this ‘man of the people’ was a gambler, a drunk, and a brawler. Why, I’ve heard it said that he would fight at the drop of the hat and then drop the hat himself. I ask you, was such a man fit for the most distinguished office in the nation? Can we forget the debacle of his inauguration? Who ever heard of inviting a drunken mob into the White House? It took ages to get the upholstery clean.” “That drunken mob, sir, was the American people, and they deserve to celebrate their victory.” “Order, order! Now, did this celebration have pie?” “Very well. Mr. Jackson, is it not the case that immediately upon assuming office you introduced the spoils system, replacing hundreds of perfectly good federal employees with incompetent party loyalists?” “Your Honor, the President did no such thing. He tried to institute rotation in office to avoid any profiteering or funny business. It was the rest of the party who insisted on giving posts to their lackeys.” “But Mr. Jackson complied, did he not?” “Now, uh, see here.” “Moving on. Mr. Jackson, did you not help to cause the financial Panic of 1837, and the ensuing economic depression with your obsessive war against the Bank of the United States? Was not vetoing its reauthorization, as you did in 1832, an act of irresponsible populace pandering that made no economic sense?” “Your Honor, the gentleman has quite the imagination. That bank was just a way for rich Yanks to get richer. And all that money panic was caused when British banks raised interest rates and cut lending. To blame it on the President is preposterous, I say.” “But if Mr. Jackson had not destroyed the National Bank, it would have been able to lend to farmers and businesses when other credit dried up, would it not?” “Hm, this is all highly speculative. Can we move on?” “Certainly, Your Honor. We now come to Mr. Jackson’s most terrible offense: forcing entire tribes out of their native lands via the Indian Removal Act.” “I resent that accusation, sir. The U.S. of A. bought that land from the Indians fair and square.” “Do you call coercion and threats by a nation with a far more powerful army fair and square? Or signing a treaty for removing the Cherokee with a small group that didn’t include their actual leaders? They didn’t have time to properly supply themselves before the army came and forced them to march the Trail of Tears.” “Now, hold on a minute. This was all Van Buren’s doing after President Jackson left office.” “But Mr. Jackson laid the groundwork and made sure the treaty was ratified. All President Van Buren had to do afterwards was enforce it.” “Look here, Your Honor. Our government’s been purchasing Indian land since the beginning, and my client was negotiating these deals even before he was President. President Jackson truly believed it was best for the Indians to get compensated for their land and move out West, where there was plenty of space for them to keep living the way they were accustomed, rather than stick around and keep butting heads with the white settlers. Some of whom, I remind our court, wanted to exterminate them outright. It was a different time.” “And yet, even in this different time, there were many in Congress and even the Supreme Court who saw how wrong the Removal Act was and loudly opposed it, were there not?” “My client was under a great deal of pressure. I say, do you think it’s easy governing such a huge country and keeping the Union together, when states are fixing to nullify federal laws? President Jackson barely got South Carolina to back down over those import tariffs, and then Georgia had to go discover gold and start grabbing up Cherokee land. It was either get the Indians to move or get in another fight with a state government.” “So, you admit that Mr. Jackson sacrified moral principles to achieve some political goals?” “I do declare, show me one leader who hasn’t.” As societies change and morals evolve, yesterday’s hero may become tomorrow’s villain, or vice versa. History may be past, but our understanding of it is always on trial.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Andrew Jackson should be remembered as what he was…. a monster. "Fair and square" what a joke. He laid the ground work for thousands of natives to be marched to their deaths.

  2. The video did not mention the Jackson Administration contradicting Supreme Court Decision Worcester v. Georgia, which stated that the Native tribes had the right to retain their lands.

  3. The Cherokee actually won a vote between Jackson and then Jackson wouldn't have it. He broke away from a vote!

  4. "That drunken mob was the American people!"

    That is the most American statement I've heard all day. I feel insulted and patriotic all at the same time

  5. weird the video didnt mentioned that the banks who wanted control and was stop by andrew jackson , which now today banks owned the world now.

  6. I would like to remind you that despite what happened with the trail of tears was horrible that the Indians who now live on those reservations do not live in Poverty but run successful casinos and convenience stores which has made them richer than most people anywhere else.

  7. I’ve only watched a few of your videos, but I have found them to be well balanced so far. I guess when no one is completely happy, you must be doing a good job. People are a mixed bag of pure motives and self interest. All we can hope is, when weighed on the scales of history, the good outweighs the bad.

  8. In all honestly Andrew Jackson was pretty awesome
    The national banks are what got us 25billion in debt


  9. He's my favorite U.S. political figure after Washington and Hamilton. I love both Jackson and Hamilton so much.
    I also love how much of an irony it is since they both stood for the polar opposites and that Monroe's favorite general who Hamilton detested ended up being a president. But both directly strengthened America as a country.
    Hamilton was right that America will ultimately need a central and strong government and a strong bank surrounding it to support it's economy, while Jackson had the guts to subdue the bank when it was needed the most and initiated evacuating the native Indians on time where there could have been upcoming slaughter.

  10. Meh, I like Jackson, but I hate his economic policies. The system works. Don't get emotional because it contradicts your ideology, lol.

  11. How about History vs Park Chung Hee, the president of The Third Republic of Republic of Korea? He is also the president that still argumentative in ROK.

  12. 4:19

    "So, you admit that Mr. Jackson sacrificed moral principles to achieve some political goals?"

    "I do declare!, show me one leader who hasn't"


  13. You should do History vs. Ivan the Terrible or Vlad the Impaler vs. History. Both are viewed as heroes within there nations and as terrible rulers outside of there homeland.

  14. I work at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home. I was grinning ear to ear when they finally represented Indian Removal correctly.

  15. NO, actually president Jackson told the native Americans that the west was full of water and food but all it actually have was parasitic water and rotten meat. Also he used military forces to force the Cherokee to sell the land.

  16. So you admit that Mr. Jackson sacrificed moral principles to achieve some political goals.
    I declare, show me one leader who hasn't

  17. I despise Jackson in terms of his policy against native Americans, but I do have to admit, that he was the only president brave enough to take on the banks and the elites, and the only president who advocated for class warfare. Probably the best economic policy of any president.

  18. This is kind of really hard but what Andrew Jackson did you know and his involvement with the Trail of Tears was wrong and he shouldn't move the Indians or force them to but that was a different time and the time where every country was expanding in the West.. you had France and Great Britain and you had Spain expanding from the south continent and even before Europeans settled in the West you had Indians fighting each other for land and Power and during the revolution war and the War of 1812 and even with Christopher Columbus, there were times where tribes and colonies fought together to drive another tribe out of the land… that was it wrong for Andrew Jackson to do what he did with the Indians yes it is very wrong but he wasn't the first and he wasn't the last the only difference is that people I only one side and not both of them

  19. Jackson was under a lot of pressure it’s difficult to do good when the people you assign or leave the task to have alternate motives often dead opposite of the head of state imagine what any country could do if every member from the highest member to the lowest supported something and moved for it imagine if we decided to ban purple and everyone was for zero opposition. There were people won’t wanted to execute native Americans on site on gold was found in Georgia what was he supposed to do if he ordered natives protected it would have lead to to many deaths

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