Andrew Jackson Pros and Cons
He was the first selfmade man to become
Before he was president, he invaded Florida
against orders. He was only instructed to
capture runaway slaves but he conquered the
territory and wiped out entire Seminole villages.
He was a supporter of the “common man” he
felt the government was only helping the rich.
While in Florida, he executed two British officers, which was against the orders he had been given
by his own military court.
He was the hero of the Battle of New Orleans
this gave Americans a huge sense of pride.
He forced the Cherokees off their land even
though the Supreme Court had ruled in
Worcester v. Georgia that the Cherokees had
the legal right to stay. Over 4,000 Cherokee
Indians died as a result of this action.
He fought in the Revolutionary War.
He promoted the growth of slavery by kicking
American Indians off their land in order to get
cotton land for white Americans.
He was against the idea of Nullification
(nullification means states don’t have to follow
federal laws), and when South Carolina
threatened to secede (break up the country), he
sent the U.S. Army down to make sure it didn’t
He ordered Southern postmasters to stop the
delivery of antislavery literature in the South,
which is both a violation of the 1st Amendment
and illegal mail tampering.
He vetoed the Bank of the United States
because he felt it only favored the rich.
He was a cruel slaveholder himself. He owned
around 140 slaves and once offered a reward to
anyone who delivered 300 lashes to one of his
runaway slaves. This could kill a man, and
would serve as a very scary example to any
slave who thought about running away from
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