President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and A Great American Land Grab

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"Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9781594205569
Branch Call Number: 973.56 INS
Characteristics: 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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May 15, 2016

Inskeep, the NPR Morning Edition reporter, has written a very informative historical account of the US in the early 19th century. Well researched, very well written, something most Americans should (but probably won't) read. Is there a reason that so many activists pushed to have Andrew Jackson's image removed from the $20 bill? Easy to see if you read the book, although this is me, Jim, saying this, not Inskeep.
It was a land grab, largely unscrupulous, and the Trail of Tears wasn't the only relocation of Native Americans from the Deep South and Florida to west of the Mississippi. John Ross, a Cherokee, fought brilliantly but legally and peacefully to use the White Man's laws and customs to achieve his ends and in the end largely failed. The fact that the vote(s) were very close regarding Cherokee relocation helps to make the entire book a compelling read. Plus it is easy to see how the racial discrimination of the 1820s and 1830s led directly to the Mexican American War, the US Civil War, the war against the Plains Indians and US adventurism in the Carribean, Hawaii, the Philippines and continues to this day. Inskeep doesn't go beyond the 1840s in Jacksonland but I hope he will in the future.


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