Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab

Steve Inskeep


“The tale of the Cherokee elimination has been informed again and again, yet by no means sooner than has a unmarried ebook given us this type of feel of ways it occurred and what it intended, not just for Indians, but additionally for the longer term and soul of America.” —The Washington Post
 
5 a long time after the progressive conflict, the U.S. approached a constitutional obstacle. At its middle stood former army comrades locked in a fight that validated the limits of our fledgling democracy.
 
One guy we realize: Andrew Jackson—war hero, populist, and exemplar of the increasing South—whose first significant initiative as president instigated the large expulsion of local americans referred to as the path of Tears. the opposite is a half-forgotten determine: John Ross—a mixed-race Cherokee flesh presser and diplomat—who used the U.S.’ personal felony method and democratic beliefs to oppose Jackson. Representing one of many 5 Civilized Tribes who had followed the methods of white settlers, Ross championed the tribes’ reason all of the solution to the ultimate courtroom, gaining allies like Senator Henry Clay, leader Justice John Marshall, or even Davy Crockett. Ross and his allies made their case within the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the 1st mass political motion through American girls. Their fight contained ominous overtures of later occasions just like the Civil conflict and outlined the political tradition for a lot that followed. 
 
Jacksonland is the paintings of popular journalist Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition, who bargains a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece, a tragedy of yankee historical past that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy, drama, and relevance to our lives. Jacksonland is the tale of the USA at a second of transition, while the destiny of states and countries used to be made up our minds by means of the activities of 2 heroic but tragically antagonistic males.

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