Essay on Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson was born into poverty on March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaws region on the border of North and South Carolina. He did not go to school but did receive some formal schooling. After the British invaded North and South Carolina in 1780-1781 Jackson's mother and two brothers died during the conflict, leaving him with a lifelong hatred toward Great Britain. In the teenage years of Andrew Jackson he started to become extremely interested in politics and started reading law. He later moved to Tennessee and began working as a prosecuting attorney in Nashville. After this he set up his own private practice and met and married Rachel Robards, the daughter of a local colonel. In 1796, Jackson joined a convention that dealt with drafting the new Tennessee state constitution and became the first man to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee. Andrew Jackson also was very recognized for playing a huge role in the US Military. For example, he was promoted to major general of the Tennessee militia during the war of 1812. His service in the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom was said to be brave and successful and thus resulting in his nickname, “Old Hickory”. Though Andrew Jackson seemed very nice and helpful to all citizens of the U.S. he also did some things that might cause you to change your mind about him. For example, the Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act was a law passed by the United States Congress in 1830, and signed by President Andrew Jackson. The act stated that Native Americans in the southeastern United States had to trade their lands for land in the West. Native Americans weren’t going out without a fight though and were seen in the Worcester vs. Georgia court case. This case was filed by Worcester who claimed that his family’s forced removal was a violation of his constitutional rights. He believed the state of Georgia “over-stepped their boundaries, for they did not maintain jurisdiction to enforce the law within the Native land”. The Cherokee won their case but Jackson ignored the ruling resulting in…