Was President Andrew Jackson a Hero or a Villain?

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Andrew Jackson was a popular president in many ways, especially among white male landowners, but he was also a fierce proponent of Native American removal and relocation, making him a villain to some. Like most people, Andrew Jackson’s character is difficult to pin down as being either all hero or all villain.

Andrew Jackson was the United States’ seventh president, and he was elected by a wide majority of the popular vote. Jackson was a man of humble beginnings and strong morals, even going so far as to kill a man in a duel after the man insulted his wife. While he was widely beloved by white residents of the nation, Jackson was seen as an enemy of native people. His policies were responsible for divesting thousands of native people from their ancestral lands and relocating them on much less desirable land far from home. In hindsight, it’s easy to see Jackson as a villain, and, indeed, many grave injustices were carried out under his orders, but his policies, harsh though they were, ultimately gained territory for the United States.