Andrew Jackson: Worst and Most Terrifying U.S. President

ICTMN Staff
9/11/12

He won the top spot on our worst U.S. presidents list and on September 10 Cracked.com featured a video titled "Andrew Jackson: Most Terrifying Man Ever Elected President," which was certainly true for Native Americans. He earned nicknames like "Indian killer" and "Sharp Knife" and was a proponent of Indian removal.

The video describes the number of duels Jackson took part in—anywhere from 13 to in the hundreds—and talks about his other nickname, “Old Hickory,” which Cracked says is because of the hickory cane he carried. Other sources say he earned the nickname because of his toughness, which the video demonstrates.

The seventh president of the United States, who graces our $20 bills, earned his "Sharp Knife" nickname from the Cherokee according to Amargi who wrote an article on the website Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory & Practice.

“He was also the founder of the Democratic Party, demonstrating that genocide against indigenous people is a nonpartisan issue,” Amargi wrote. “His first effort at Indian fighting was waging a war against the Creeks. President Jefferson had appointed him to appropriate Creek and Cherokee lands. In his brutal military campaigns against Indians, Andrew Jackson recommended that troops systematically kill Indian women and children after massacres in order to complete the extermination. The Creeks lost 23 million acres of land in southern Georgia and central Alabama, paving the way for cotton plantation slavery. His frontier warfare and subsequent ‘negotiations’ opened up much of the southeast U.S. to settler colonialism.”

Watch the Cracked.com video here.

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Submitted by curtj on
Our so called leaders refuse to read up on the history of the US, from Columbus, who died of syphillis with a gaping hole where his nose used to be, to the Pilgrims, who hung and knifed with swords, the same Indigenous people who saved their mangy butts from starvation 3 years pervious. Our leaders are forced to think inside a box with the parameters and ideals caoming from a society of freeboooters and corporations whose only aim is the theft and utilization of Indigenous resources. If you notice, there is not one protest from the leaders when the whites steal more resources and lands. They have made it a career to make money off losing to the colonialists. If you notice, the so called leaders haven't even thought of taking their cases to the Indigenous Peoples Forum of the United Nations, to publicize the policies of colonialism are nothing but theft and murder and results in terrorism by people incensed at seeing their lands invaded and despot 2 bit dictators installed and propped up, bribed to allow the theft of their peoples resources by foreign freebooters and corporations who don't care how many people are murdered as long as they profit off stolen resources. As a corporate rag, I don't see too many letters like this in ICT

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Submitted by gsevalikova on
Jackson strikes us as a fascist ,and your Stalin/Zhirinovsky of that time. He should never be on a dollar bill of any sort-bad luck. the US Dollar has really been under attack since Bush W. let it "float" when he was President after gaining office. He was trying to weaken America's freedoms through 9/11,then the dollar,and just yesterday we heard that he told Jaque Chirac of France he was going to goad russia into world war 3 since Gog and Magog is supposed to attack Israel in a large war in the ME anytime. By the way, all fundies of varius kinds are attempting to bring on this very thing to bring on the Apocalypse. Muslims wait for the Maddi, the Catholics, Jesus/Mary?Eurpean super guy Buddists,Maitreya, Jews, Messaiah, and it should be asked now- are we here going to stand here and wait to die,or give as good as we get-be it police state politicos,foreign despots,oligarcy Presidents,ad nauseum. An American Zhirinovsky/Putin/Jackson must be stopped beforehand. No time like the present. Good for you that you expose this problem.
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