Compare And Contrast Andrew Jackson And John Ross

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Andrew Jackson and John Ross are two important historical figures when it comes to American democracy. When the United States was in a major constitutional crisis, these two men led the way back to greatness. They had quite a few things in common but they were two completely different people. Andrew Jackson is a person that we all know, or at least we think we know him (p. 1). He was both a general and a president, plus, he is on the twenty dollar bill; however, there is more to him than just that. Andrew Jackson 's major goal when he became president was to encourage the extensive removal of the Native Americans in which we know now as the Trail of Tears, and on the other hand we have John Ross, a Native American who was the principal chief …show more content…

Why is the book titled "Jacksonland?" According to the author, he called it this because of how Jackson strove to make the map his own (p. 8). The book also talks about other people like Chief Justice John Marshall, Andrew Jackson 's ally Lewis Cass, and even his biggest rival, Henry Clay (p. 7). Many will agree that the book is mainly on Andrew Jackson and his many accomplishments including making money off of real estate and his victorious wins at the battles of New Orleans and Horseshoe bend but the other half of this riveting narrative includes John Ross, who was a presiding officer and held the same position at the Cherokee constitutional convention that George Washington had held in the meetings that produced the U.S. Constitution forty years earlier (p. 121). If Ross was an important figure along with Jackson, why is he not included in the title of the book? Ross wanted to stay on the map, and find an enduring place for his people in Jacksonland (p. 10). He deserves just as much credit as Jackson and many will agree with that also. The Deep South was largely made up of the five civilized tribes which included the Creeks, Choctaw, Seminole, Chicasaw, and the Cherokees. Their old culture was fading away but they were introducing themselves to white society (p. 9). The Cherokees turned to this lifestyle to ensure their well-being and that is why they turned to John Ross for leadership, too. The Indians knew what they were doing and so did Ross. He had just as much credence as Jackson in shaping the Deep

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