Everyone knows that Andrew Jackson wanted American Indians annihilated, defied the Supreme Court in a famous challenge to Chief Justice John Marshall, and forcibly removed the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast to lands west of the Mississippi River. What everyone knows is not true.
Once a venerated American hero, Andrew Jackson has been attacked mercilessly during the last several decades by the cultural Marxists in academe and in the mainstream media, who want his iconic image on the $20 bill removed. Students today are taught he was the vilest of human beings, who not only held blacks in bondage but lusted for the blood of Indians, whom he considered savages incapable of assimilation and worthy only of extinction. That America has revered him for generations is, according to this view, emblematic of our racist and imperialistic core.
A look at the real Andrew Jackson reveals a far different man. He certainly fought Indians from his childhood to nearly the time he was President, but he fought them because they were attacking his family and country. Once the Indian threat was neutralized, he had no interest in pursuing and killing them. William Weatherford was a chief who led the Red Stick Creeks in attacks on Americans during the War of 1812, including the attack that resulted in the horrific slaughter of Americans at Fort Mims. When he surrendered to Jackson, he said:
I am Bill Weatherford....