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Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a… (edition 2016)

by Steve Inskeep (Author)

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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. One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson--war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South--whose 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 Ross--a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat--who 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 settlers--cultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school--Ross 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. 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 acres in today's Deep South. This 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.--From publisher description. A renowned journalist and cohost of NPR's Morning Edition presents a thrilling narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross--two heroic yet tragically opposed men whose actions decided the fate of states and Indian nations in America at a moment of transition.… (more)
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Title:Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
Authors:Steve Inskeep (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep

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    The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos (baobab)
    baobab: Several of the main characters in Jacksonland are also depicted in The Heathen School, and the enlightened leadership the Cherokees enjoyed may have come in part from the education given at the Heathen School.
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Well balanced narrative of the removal of the Cherokee Indians from their Cherokee Nation (North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia) to Arkansas. Inskeep recounts the process starting after the War of 1812 and ending with the "Trail of Tears" in the late 1830's. ( )
  Waltersgn | Jul 8, 2018 |
A well-researched, well-written explanation of the lead-up to the Trail of Tears when Andrew Jackson exercised his might against the Cherokee nation led by principal chief John Ross. Jackson bent to the will of the Georgians, who wished to claim lands in Cherokee nation without payment which weakened the federal government in negotiations with native Americans in the south east.
Inskeep reveals the written word of both principal characters as well as the Congress and sympathizers. It took quite a while for me to get through the book, not because it was poorly written -- it wasn't. Because it was so dense with information and, more importantly, I was so thoroughly disgusted with our government's handling of the natives that I had to put it away. And reading it during the last presidential campaign made it doubly difficult. I could see parallels with the campaign and was reminded that we never learn our lesson from history. Too bad. We are condemned to repeat it. ( )
  book58lover | Dec 31, 2016 |
I was motivated to read this warts-and-all retelling of Andrew Jackson's great play for empire due to an encounter I witnessed a few years ago, where two people I knew to be card-carrying members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma were arguing over the worth of John Ross as a tribal leader. Essentially you have the conflict over two visions of America; either a blood-and-soil republic for free white men or a more inclusive country with respect for its subcultures. An argument that we're still having. I'll also observe that the more I read about Jackson the more he feels akin to the culmination point of Cromwell's Puritan answer to the conquistadors, if you place him in the long context of the Atlantic World. ( )
  Shrike58 | Oct 21, 2015 |
Gripping retelling of the battle between settlers and Native Americans over traditionally tribal lands. Populist war hero turned politician Andrew Jackson harnessed the power of the White House to relocate the five most populous tribes of the region which became the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to lands west of the Mississippi. Cherokee leader John Ross and others led a long fight to prevent the forcible relocation. Despite a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court, the Cherokees and the other tribes were forced into moving. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Oct 13, 2015 |
It is ironic that Andrew Jackson, a murderer, kidnapper, slave owner, slave trader, land speculator acting on inside information, and last but not least, the cruel architect of Indian genocide, should hold such a revered place in the pantheon of American presidents - so much so, that when the question arose of who’s image to replace on money, it was the image of Hamilton that garnered the most attention. [Ironic as well, since it was Jackson who was obsessively opposed to a federal bank, vetoing a bill to recharter the Bank of the United States, which led to an economic depression, and Hamilton, a fiscal genius, who championed the idea.] As much as Americans have been shocked or disappointed over the behavior of some of our recent presidents, their actions are minor peccadillos compared to the abhorrent and morally horrific activities of Andrew Jackson.

Steve Inskeep, a cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition, and someone who has received multiple awards for investigative journalism, tells Jackson’s story, juxtaposing it to the story of the leader of the Cherokee people, John Ross. It is not hard for Ross to come off looking better.

It was truly difficult to listen to all the outrages committed by Jackson, and against the Native American people, and yet it is essential to understand this part of American history.

Evaluation: If you only read one nonfiction book this year, I hope you will make it this one. It is critically important that Americans understand what kind of man Andrew Jackson really was, and what was done to the Native Americans who occupied the land he coveted. It is an outstanding book, and a pleasure to experience via audio.

A Few Notes on the Audio Production:

It’s almost unfair to compare other narrators to the cohost of one of the most widely heard radio news programs in the United States. Inskeep knows how to “read for the ear” and his impassioned narration hits all the right notes. ( )
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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. One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson--war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South--whose 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 Ross--a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat--who 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 settlers--cultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school--Ross 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. 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 acres in today's Deep South. This 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.--From publisher description. A renowned journalist and cohost of NPR's Morning Edition presents a thrilling narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross--two heroic yet tragically opposed men whose actions decided the fate of states and Indian nations in America at a moment of transition.

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