What was Andrew Jackson's weakness?

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Andrew Jackson was from a very modest background. Some historians would say he was born on the wrong side of the tracks. This most likely gave Andrew Jackson a type of inferiority complex that resonated with many decisions that he made. By all accounts, Jackson had a very quick temper and was slow to forgive. This weakness had the effect of earning him a lot of powerful enemies in a job where your success depended on making friends.

Andrew Jackson was also know-it-all of sorts. He often made decisions unilaterally without consulting his advisors. Even when he did seek counsel, he often ignored the advice given. In general, he was very stubborn and had tunnel vision because of this negative character trait. Jackson's strong character and provocative ways encouraged the development of an opposition party, the Whigs.

A final weakness of Andrew Jackson is that he was violent and brutal in his treatment of Indians. He forcefully had them removed from their lands and supported excessive violence in this effort. Historians, in general, do not have a favorable opinion in Jackson's treatment of the Indians because of the atrocities Native Americans faced while Jackson was president.

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