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Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars

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The expulsion of Native Americans from the eastern half of the continent to the Indian Territory beyond the Mississippi River is one of the most notorious events in U.S. history and the single most controversial aspect of Andrew Jackson's presidency. Preeminent Jacksonian scholar Robert Remini now provides a thoughtful analysis of the entire story of Jackson's wars against ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Penguin Books (first published 2001)
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Dec 27, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
Robert Remini’s goal for his work Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars are stated simply, “to explain what happened and why.” He prefaces this however, by saying, “that it is not my intention to excuse or exonerate Andrew Jackson for the role he played in the removal of Native Americans west of the Mississippi River.” He goes on to note that it is important for Americans to view history through the eyes of those living through it. It is easy to make judgements about motivation through a modern len ...more
May 10, 2013 Nathan rated it it was ok
As one might expect, a dismal read. As anyone with the most passing acquaintance with Jackson's history knows, the chief architect of the Trail of Tears has much to answer for. Remini jumps head first into the issue.

I complained that his Jackson trilogy let Old Hickory off too easily. To some extent, that is remedied here. The first lines of the book insist that his purpose is not to excuse Jackson, but to explain him.
That explanation, at least as it pertains to Jackson's Indian policy, is lar
Nov 09, 2007 Paul rated it liked it
I like books that challenge common thought. This certainly did. I learned in school that Jackson was a rabid Indian hater. The whole country was way more hateful than Jackson. That was the norm of the day. Jackson wanted the Indians gone just like everybody else. He tried to work with the Indians as best he today's standards would be deemed unlawful and repugnant. But the 1840's aren't today.

I wonder if Patton has ever been compared to Jackson?
Aug 31, 2014 Travis rated it really liked it
I'm very glad I read this book. I learned a great deal of history, all of which made me quite sad. The evils of white supremacy and the violations of human rights because of it should be learned and never forgotten. There are many things in this book I should have learned in school and when I visited the Hermitage.
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Jul 29, 2015 Sara Laor rated it it was amazing
Although it is fashionable to pooh-pooh the founders, this account presents the man as a product of his time and place. Highly effective book.
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Jun 29, 2014 Jackson Cyril rated it really liked it
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Very good read. Although Remini clearly doesn't want to portray Jackson in too negative a light, his storytelling prowess is brilliant.

Read for American History.
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Dec 17, 2013 Anna Wright rated it really liked it
An excellent job of portraying Andrew Jackson as a complex individual and explaining what led him to implement his Indian Removal Act of 1830. A fascinating, if at times disturbing, read.
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