Jacksonland

Jacksonland

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

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Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. 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
Characteristics: 421 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Indian map and the white man's map
Part 1: Horseshoe, 1814. Every thing is to be feared ; Urge on all those Cherokees ; Stamping his foot for war ; It was dark before we finished killing them
Part 2: Origins, 1767-1814. Send a few late newspapers by the bearer ; I am fond of hearing that there is a peace ; Every thing that was dear to me
Part 3: Old Hickory, 1815-1813. Address their fears and indulge their avarice ; Men of cultivated understandings ; Let me see you as I pass
Part 4: Young prince, 1820-1828. This unexpected weapon of defence ; Ominous of other events ; The taverns were unknown to us
Interlude: Hero's progress, 1824-1825. Liberty, equality, and true social order ; Clay is politically damd ; We wish to know whether you could protect us
Part 5: Inaugurations, 1828-1829. We are politically your friends and brethren ; This is a straight and good talk ; The blazing light of the nineteenth century
Part 6: State of the Union, 1829-1830. They have been led to look upon us as unjust ; The expediency of setting fire ; Sway the empire of affection
Part 7: Checks and balances, 1830-1832. Legislative ; Judicial ; Executive
Part 8: Democracy in America, 1833 -1835. The purest love of formalities ; I have the right to address you ; We are yet your friends ; Should they be satisfied with the character of that country
Part 9: Tears, 1835-1838. Five millions of dollars ; The War Department does not understand these people ; Perchance, you may have heard that the Cherokees are in trouble ; The thunder often sounding in the distance.
Summary: Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. 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

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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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