Andrew Jackson Essay

978 WordsOct 3, 20134 Pages
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States ("Andrew Jackson Biography"), remains one of the most controversial figures in American history. Some accounts portray Jackson as a president who did well at leading the nation. Others, however, judge Jackson more harshly as they are deeply offended by his actions regarding the three issues during his presidency-the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the states' rights issue of nullification, and the re-chartering of the Second Bank of the United States. However, based on these issues he had to deal with and the decisions he made, President Andrew Jackson was definitely more successful at creating crisis. His actions are what made him the president that is most relevant to today than most of all the other presidents because they still influence our system today. In the early 1900's, America was rapidly growing and expanding in towards the South ("Indian Removal"). However, this was home to native tribes such as the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chicasaw and Seminole and in the view of the white settlers, they were in the way of progress so they pressured the government to take action ("Indian Removal"). Andrew Jackson who was in office at the time decided to listen and make some changes so from 1814 to 1824, Jackson began negotiating treaties which took the natives' land in the east in exchange for their land in the west ("Indian Removal"). The only reason that the natives agreed to these treaties was because if they didn't, they would face a life full of white harrassment ("Indian Removal"). But some tribes began to make attempts of resistance such as taking the state to court like in the case of "The Cherokee Nation versus Georgia" while others refused to leave their homes ("Indian Removal"). Jackson would not tolerate this so he began to use military force in 1838 and sent over 15,000 Cherokee natives on a long and

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