How did Andrew Jackson's background affect his mistreatment of the Indians?
Andrew Jackson was the first American president who was a real backwoods person. He grew up on the frontier in an area that would have had contact with Indians. Once he was older, he became a militia leader whose major actions came in wars against various groups of Indians. Because of this, we can surmise that he had no great love for Indians. He would have seen them as a potential source of danger or at least of competition for land and resources ever since he was a child. It is likely that this background made him less likely to support the efforts of, for example, the Cherokee to stay on their native lands. In this way, we can argue that his background made him unsympathetic to Indian claims and Indian needs and thus made him more likely to mistreat them.