Contrary

Andrew Jackson

Jackson was born on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina in 1767, nine years before the Declaration of Independence. Both his parents were legal immigrants from Ireland.

He was “a polarizing figure who dominated American politics in the 1820s and 1830s, his political ambition combined with widening political participation, shaping the modern Democratic Party….His legacy is now seen as mixed, as a protector of popular democracy and individual liberty for white men, checkered by his support for slavery and Indian removal….Besides his legal and political career, Jackson prospered as a slave owner, planter, and merchant. In 1803 he owned a lot, and built a home and the first general store in Gallatin. In 1804, he acquired the Hermitage, a 640-acre plantation in Davidson County, near Nashville. Jackson later added 360 acres to the farm. The plantation eventually grew to 1,050 acres. The slaves that Jackson owned did the hardest work on the plantation. The primary crop was cotton, grown by enslaved workers. Jackson started with nine slaves, by 1820 he held as many as 44, and later held up to 150 slaves. Throughout his lifetime Jackson owned as many as 300 slaves.”

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May 27, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. Most historians agree that the information that Andrew Jackson gave out about his birth and early childhood is fiction, was years older than recorded and not born on American soil. There were many at the time, who remembered him being with the family at the time of their arrival in America. Probably the most conclusive argument against his being born in 1767 as he claimed, was that he was documented to have served with distinction as a soldier in the Revolutionary War and to have served almost from the very beginning. If his recorded birth date was accurate, he would have been nine years old.

    It wouldn’t have made any difference in his eligibility for the Presidency, since he was a citizen of the United States, like most everybody else at the time, from the date of the Declaration of Independence.

    The fact that he was born prior to the time his parents established residency was only important for public relations purposes because then, as now, there existed a great deal of anti immigrant xenophobia.

    Comment by reddog | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. But the immigrants back then weren’t agitating for a return to Mexico of the SW states, nor were they agitating for the muslim religion to become dominant.

    Comment by cutshoot | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. They actually used to have those signs, “No dogs or Irish allowed”. I’m not that crazy about Irishmen even today. My sister married one. The whole family dynamic is different. I don’t like it. I probably never will.

    It’s my fault, not his.

    Comment by reddog | May 28, 2010 | Reply


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