Another Look at Andrew Jackson


Andrew Jackson has been called a racist, rapist, and irrelevant to American history, but none of those charges rings true. In fact, he was likely responsible for binding the country together. See the article below:

Sunday, 14 January 2018  by Steve Byas-

On January 8, 1815, leading a rag-tag army that included frontier militia, pirates, and allied Indians, Andrew Jackson defeated the British army at the Battle of New Orleans — an army that had just defeated Napoleon at the Battle of the Nations. But how significant was this victory, considering that the War of 1812 had already supposedly ended, unbeknownst to the combatants at New Orleans?

In 1961, Johnny Horton celebrated the American victory in his well-known song “The Battle of New Orleans,” which topped the music charts for weeks. In more recent years, the American commander Andrew Jackson has come under increasing assault, cast as a man of almost unbelievable evil. He is portrayed as a man who hated Native Americans — despite having adopted two Indian children as his own — and in Dinesh D’Souza’s movie Hillary’s America, he is even shown essentially raping a slave. Of all of Jackson’s sins, this last one is totally without historical foundation: There is not one shred of evidence that Jackson was ever unfaithful to his wife, Rachel, in their entire marriage.

Even Jackson’s greatest achievement — his victory at New Orleans — is often dismissed as meaningless. Detractors argue, and have largely convinced most Americans, that since the great battle was fought two weeks after British and American negotiators in Belgium had concluded the Treaty of Ghent, ending the war, even had Jackson lost the battle, and the British captured New Orleans and the mouth of the Mississippi River, it really would not have mattered. The British would have just given it back.

This is naïve. The treaty had not yet been ratified by the British Parliament, and it is doubtful it would have been, had Jackson been defeated at New Orleans.

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, by Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox and Friends, and collaborator Don Yaeger, is a powerful antidote to the misconceptions surrounding Jackson’s legacy.

The authors document Jackson’s animosity toward the British, dating back to his confrontation with them as a boy during the Revolutionary War, the persistent British refusals to respect American national sovereignty, the causes of the War of 1812, the divisions within the country that threatened its dissolution, and the rise of Jackson to the rank of major general in the American army.

This is all background to the exciting story of how Jackson saved New Orleans, and why it mattered.  Continue reading at :

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