Andrew Jackson Essay

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Natalie Vasquez
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Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president who was in office from the years 1829 to
1837. He became president after campaigning for four years while Adams was president.
Throughout his presidency Jackson did many things, but it is whether or not he did the right things. Although he would attempt to make good decisions he was simply a selfish person, and to me that makes him a villain. Andrew Jackson was a villain because of his egotistical mentality, his unfair treatment to the natives and his unfair treatment to the country. Andrew Jackson even before becoming president was always looking out for his own interest. He claimed he was a victim of John Adams’s so called sabotaging of him as a way of getting Jackson not to win the election. In reality Jackson knew that if it were him, he would have done the same perhaps even worse. He was a wealthy man who lived on a luxurious manor off the labor of his slaves. His attitude was horrid, the irritable and emaciated man would only look out for those who were wealthy and didn't care whatsoever about mostly anyone. You could see this just by the fact that he owned many slaves and it didn't seem to bother him. Of course this narrow minded mentality would get Andrew Jackson into trouble along the way. As always a villain has to commit some unfair crime of some sort, and of course it didn't take long for Andrew Jackson to come around. Although Jackson’s democrats were completely for western expansion, that meant confrontation with the current inhabitants of that land, which were the natives. Keep in mind that the natives were understanding people, even though they were stubborn when it came to the government taking their land. I mean who wouldn't be with government taking and violating land that was yours without taking you in consideration. Despite all of this, in the hopes that they would stop, the natives made a remarkable effort to learn the way of the whites, abandoning their semi nomadic life and adopting a system of settled agriculture. Even after 1828 when the Georgia legislature asserted its own jurisdiction over indian affairs and indian lands, Jackson refused to recognize this and this is when he decided to do something about it. In the fall and winter of 1838­1839
Jackson sent out the U.S Army to forcibly remove thousands of natives from their land and marched them to Indian territories. The freezing weather and inadequate food led to suffering and as many as 4000 natives died on this 116 day journey. Now if Andrew Jackson were capable of doing such horrible things to people who made an effort to accommodate to his…