How I Feel As a Native Woman When Trump Idolizes Andrew Jackson – Teen Vogue
Jackson’s legacy is nothing short of Native genocide. History has strangely been kind to him, painting him as a populist president, a “common man,” a political outsider who came to shake up the establishment and break the rules to serve the people. But the reality was far from it.
Prior to his presidency, Jackson had been deeply involved in battles with southeastern tribes. From 1813 to 1814 he led troops against the Creek Nation in the Creek War, and in 1818 he waged campaigns against the Seminole in Florida. In these battles, he and his men wiped out entire villages, physically slaughtering Native men, women, and children, and gained millions of acres of Native lands for the U.S. through treaties signed, often under duress, afterward. He used this military experience to gain political trust and influence, and vowed that once elected president he would begin the process of moving Native peoples west — freeing land for the development by and use of white settlers.
So Jackson promised white folks the land, and the gold recently discovered underneath it, and in exchange they elected him president in 1828. Early in his presidency he passed the Indian Removal Act. Jackson justified this removal in an address to Congress, clearly laying out his deeply racist views: