Let’s Be Clear About Andrew Jackson (and Lord Jeffery Amherst)


The image of Andrew Jackson on the US $20 bill. (photo: Politico)
The image of Andrew Jackson on the US $20 bill. (photo: Politico)

 

Harvey Wasserman | Reader Supported News | April 23, 2016

he decision to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill is long overdue. So is the movement to remove the name of Lord Jeffery Amherst from that college town in western Massachusetts.

Let’s start with Jackson, our most racist major president next to Woodrow Wilson.

Jackson was our first president from west of the Alleghenies, and the first to not wear the powdered wigs favored by Virginia plantation owners.

Andy’s parents were Irish immigrants who died early. He had a brutally impoverished childhood. One of his fourteen duels left a bullet permanently lodged near his heart. (Teddy Roosevelt also had one of those.)

Jackson is most revered as the “Common Man” who fought Alexander Hamilton’s national bank. He later personally profited from kickbacks paid him by cronies who owned smaller banks that benefitted.

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