What Andrew Jackson’s Critics Get Wrong

By |2018-09-24T23:31:52-05:00September 24th, 2018|

Like all human beings, Andrew Jackson certainly had his faults—sometimes spectacular, brutal, and violent ones—but is it just to label him, as one recent critic has, simply as "a slaver, ethnic cleanser, and tyrant"? Sometime in the last several years, it has become the cultural norm to see President Andrew Jackson as the sum of [...]

Andrew Jackson and Republican Virtue

By |2018-06-25T22:16:42-05:00June 25th, 2018|

One of the greatest causes of concern in American society by the 1820s was the perceived loss of virtue necessary to undergird a republic. All republicans knew that America would not last forever. They did, however, hope that by example, norms, education, and sacrifice, the American people would keep their republic alive as long [...]

The 1820s: The Decade of Andrew Jackson

By |2019-03-07T10:45:21-05:00June 18th, 2018|

Nothing dominated the American conversation of the decade of the 1820s more than the idea of Andrew Jackson as president. The back-and-forth between the pro-Jackson and anti-Jackson forces is bewildering and dizzying even to the biographer who has the grand advantage of hindsight... The Great Depression of 1819 and the Missouri slavery question of the [...]

Andrew Jackson as Territorial Governor of Florida

By |2018-06-15T22:36:31-05:00June 12th, 2018|

Andrew Jackson revealed his most republican self in his governorship. He not only continued Spanish civil and property law, thus ensuring that Spanish citizens would not be harmed, but he also extended English common law to Florida, especially in criminal matters… Though Andrew Jackson only served a very short term as governor of Florida, [...]

Andrew Jackson & the Republican Fear of a Standing Army

By |2018-06-05T22:14:48-05:00June 5th, 2018|

To the end of his days, Andrew Jackson harbored suspicions about the United States employing a standing army. A standing army was a waste of a country’s resources, and even more so, a danger to the liberties of its people… To understand Andrew Jackson, his thought, his policies, and his legacy, one must understand [...]

The Andrew Jackson & John C. Calhoun Divide

By |2018-06-05T16:52:57-05:00May 29th, 2018|

When Andrew Jackson learned that John C. Calhoun had been deceiving him for more than a decade, Jackson understandably exploded in rage… While Andrew Jackson was moving against the Seminoles, the Spanish, and the British in Florida in the late 1810s, he had assumed that his closest ally in President James Monroe’s cabinet was [...]

Andrew Jackson: Democrat or Old Republican?

By |2018-06-05T16:52:30-05:00May 22nd, 2018|

When Andrew Jackson died in 1845, he had still not aligned himself officially with the Democratic party, still believing himself a natural and cultivated republican. Was he, then, an Old Republican?… Despite being associated with the “Democratic Party,” then and now, it is unclear whether Andrew Jackson offered much thought about the Democratic Party [...]