Synopsis[ edit ] The show opens when the cast, dressed as 19th-century American cowboys and prostitutes take the stage. They are led by Andrew Jackson. They sing about their eagerness to strip the English, Spanish, French, and, most importantly, the Native Americansof their land in the US.
Some see him as a hero. Others believe he was a villain. Others say that he was a political tyrant, an executive bully who disrespected the processes and institutions essential to republican government.
Some celebrate his liberal defense of individual rights. Others condemn his racist removal of 90, Native Americans. Some view him as a great nationalist who saved the Union by denouncing nullification. Others claim that he weakened the nation by supporting Georgia in its defiance of the Supreme Court.
Really, all of these conclusions are true. Jackson ran for president in determined to restore the will of the people to politics.
As a candidate, Jackson built a political organization that reached out directly to the public, and as president, he attacked the institutions that he believed deepened divisions between the rich and the poor. But Jackson also showed little patience for political processes and institutions that interfered with his "democratic" agenda.
He encroached further upon the legislative process than his predecessors, advancing a theory of presidential power that many believed threatened the separation of powers essential to republican government. Jackson showed greater respect for individual political and economic rights than any previous president.
He sought to increase the number of offices directly elected by the people, and he sought to restore an economic system that protected the rights of small producers rather than corporations and the wealthy.
But when Native Americans turned to the federal government to support their territorial claims, even winning a Supreme Court ruling that affirmed those claims, Jackson turned a deaf ear.
He ignored three decades of government precedent, and a clear Supreme Court ruling, while implementing a removal policy that displaced over 90, people.
Jackson took on the state of South Carolina, denounced its nullification theoriesand threatened to bring in the United States army to enforce federal law. In doing so, he broke with his vice president and alienated a portion of his Southern political base.
And he outlined an original theory of the Union that would serve Abraham Lincoln when he faced a similar secessionist crisis 30 years later. We have a learning guide on that proclamation.
In short, Jackson was a confusing figure. He defended the political and economic rights of common people but ignored the territorial rights of Native Americans.Andrew Jackson was born near the border of North and South Carolina on March 15, , to Elizabeth Jackson three weeks after the death of his father, Andrew.
Two years earlier, the Jacksons had emigrated from northern Ireland with Andrew’s older brothers, Hugh and Robert, to the Waxhaw settlement. This Study Guide consists of approximately 76 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times vividly portrays the hero of the War of and the seventh president of the. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is a stylized account of Jackson’s life, beginning with the killing of his older brother by British dragoons in and ending with Jackson’s quiet death after having been president, supported with historical references and contemporary documentation.5/5(1).
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, serving from to As war hero and the “savior of his country,” he was one of a handful of Americans who dominated the first half of the nineteenth century.
The life of Andrew Jackson (“Old Hickory”) is also the story of the life and maturation of a young American nation. Andrew Jackson, hailing from Tennessee, was often seen as a volatile man who dueled for his wife’s honor, and /5.
Jackson was born in the frontier settlement of the Waxhaws in South Carolina, the youngest son of Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, both Scots-Irish from Carrickfergus in northern Ireland.
His father died a few months before he was born.