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Andrew Jackson has appeared on the $20 bill for the last 90 years.

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ICTMN Staff
10/12/14

Symbols matter. Like, for instance, having someone like seventh President Andrew Jackson grace the $20 bill. Here are four reasons we think he should be replaced.

He Was a Slave Trader

Jackson was the only president to gain his wealth by working as a slave trader, in fact, without forced labor, his family home, The Hermitage, would not have been economically viable.

“When Andrew Jackson bought The Hermitage in 1804, he owned nine enslaved African Americans. By 1829, that number had increased through purchase and reproduction to over 100 African American men, women, and children,” according to TheHermitage.com. “At the time of his death in 1845, Jackson owned approximately 150 human beings who lived and worked on this property.”

He Signed the Indian Removal Act

To gain more land for his cotton trade, he signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, just one year after he became president. The act legalized ethnic cleansing, and within seven years, 46,000 indigenous people were removed from their homelands east of the Mississippi. Their removal gave some 25 million acres of land to “white settlement and to slavery,” according to PBS.

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This picture, The Trail of Tears, was painted by Robert Lindneux in 1942. It commemorates the suffering of the Cherokee people under forced removal.

He Earned His Nicknames

Should someone with nicknames like “Indian Killer” and “Sharp Knife” be honored on United States currency? President Jefferson appointed Jackson to appropriate Cherokee and Creek land. During the brutal military campaign, Jackson recommended that troops systematically kill Indian women and children after massacres to complete the extermination. It was his campaigns that opened up much of the southeastern United States to settler colonialism.

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Trail of Tears

The Cherokee Nation was forced to give up its homelands east of the Mississippi and migrate to what is now Oklahoma. The journey, which was devastating for the nation, became known as the Trail of Tears, and was a direct result of the Indian Removal Act signed by Jackson.

“An estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure and disease. The journey became a cultural memory as the ‘trail where they cried’ for the Cherokees and other removed tribes,” according to Cherokee.org. “Today it is widely remembered by the general public as the “Trail of Tears.’”

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Chooj's picture
Chooj
Submitted by Chooj on
 
"He Passed the Indian Removal Act." No, he totally supported it and he signed the bill. But it was the U.S. Congress that passed the Indian Removal Act–don’t let them off the hook.

 
Tom R. Chambers
Tom R. Chambers
Submitted by Tom R. Chambers on
 
I agree, and count your blessings that his "mug" is not on the $100 bill. This would given him even greater value.

 
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HughHighorse
Submitted by HughHighorse on
 
good article, agree with points. However let us of all people stop the stereotypes & mislabeling. Regarding Jackson’s slaves. While it is possible that some were from Africa, as Lafitte was smuggling them into US, it is extremely unlikely they were Africans. However unless there are actual records as to their race or color, Negro or Black or Mulatto, we do not know even their race. While it is most likely they were America Negroes, it possible they were Creeks. We do know many Creeks were held as slaves in TN & Ala well into 1850s. & we do know that Jackson (he had no biological children) "adopted" Creek orphan. after he killed the parents of course. We should also remember that the Cherokees backed & fought under Jackson in the Red Stick war. Then they were removed west even before the Creeks. That was their reward. Slave trading: while yes we find slavery disgusting. The trading was legal. When something is legal (or even not) if there is a market someone will fill it. The relevant aspect of that is how did he handle it, brutal, indifferent or businesslike.
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