What did Andrew Jackson stand for? In the early 1800s, not many people were neutral about this southern man. You either loved him for being a war hero and a champion of the common people or you hated him for the way he flexed his power, particularly when it came to slaves, Native Americans, and the executive arm of the government.
Even now, scholars and historians have a difficult time agreeing on whether "Old Hickory" was good or bad. But most agree that, for better or worse, he did have a tremendous influence on the course of the new nation.
If you'd like to learn more about Andrew Jackson, PBS has a site you must see. It's called Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & the Presidency, also the title of their documentary on Jackson. Below are a few highlights from the site.
The Special Features page has filmstrip-style interactive maps depicting Indian removal, slavery and U.S. expansion.
The Interactive Timeline shows events from Jackson's life from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War.
The Biography section paints a picture of his life and the Themes section explains what Jackson did and why it mattered. Look on the right to find video clips, like the one at the top of this page.
A second site of interest is thehermitage.com. "The Hermitage" is the name Jackson gave his home and farmland. The site has interesting pictures you won't find elsewhere.
What do you think of Andrew Jackson? Did he make a good president? Did he do more good or bad?