Jackson, Mississippi Votes To Remove Statue of President Andrew Jackson


The Wikipedia description of Andrew Jackson is as follows:

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of the U.S. Congress. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the “common man”[1] against a “corrupt aristocracy”[2] and to preserve the Union.


Yes, as with many of our founding fathers and former politicians prior to the abolition of slavery as the result of the Civil War, there are those who owned slaves and Andrew Jackson was one of those politicians. Andrew Jackson is credited for fighting a “corrupt aristocracy” and fighting for the rights of the “common man.” Historians, despite knowing that he owned slaves, agree, and “surveys of historians and scholars have ranked Jackson favorably among U.S. presidents.

As noted in Jackson’s Wikipedia listing, his reputation suffered from the 1970’s owing to his role in Native American removal.

Jackson’s political philosophy has been referred to as “jacksonian democracy” which was considered the expansion of democracy to pass political power from established elites to ordinary voters based in political parties. “He feared that monied and business interests would corrupt republican values.”