Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John …


Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, And A Great American Land Grab
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Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two menPresident Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Rosswho led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story. One man we recognize: Andrew Jacksonwar hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding Southwhose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Rossa mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomatwho used the United States own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlerscultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to schoolRoss championed the tribes cause all the way to the Supreme Court. He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and set the pattern for modern-day politics. At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. In shocking detail, Jacksonland reveals how Jackson, as a general, extracted immense wealth from his own armies conquest of native lands. Later, as president, Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acresJacksonlandin todays Deep South. Jacksonland is the work of renowned journalist Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPRs Morning Edition, who offers here a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece, a tragedy of American history that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy, drama, and relevance to our lives. Harrowing, inspiring, and deeply moving, Inskeeps Jacksonland is the story of America at a moment of transition, when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men.

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