Knowing what you know about Andrew Jackson, explain if you would have voted for him in 1828.Knowing what you know about Andrew Jackson, explain if you would have voted for him in 1828.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Hindsight is 2020, but I would not have voted for Andrew Jackson. I can say that with one hundred percent certainty, because I a woman and women were not able to vote then. All kidding aside, I wouldn't have voted for Jackson because of his cronyism.
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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think this is a tough question and a bit awkward, in all honesty.  The question is asking to determine how I would have voted in 1828, yet knowing what I know that is beyond 1828.  It seems like the odd configuration of time is challenging.  Having said this, I have no problem voicing my opinion of Jackson and will assume the criticism that much of it is based on revisionist thought, items that could not have been fully appreciated in 1828.  I would argue that Jackson's policy of Indian Removal would justify me not voting for him.  In the end, I cannot effectively balance all that he did with the fact that his treatment of Native Americans represented some of the worst of treatments that American society had inflicted on any group of people.  The idea that a government can encourage the removal of a group of people from their natural lands is "one of the unhappiest chapters in American History."  I think that this becomes my reason for not voting for Jackson.

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