Jackson’s life has always been a subject of controversy for historians.
Jackson’s first biographer James Parton said,
“Andrew Jackson, I am given to understand, was a patriot and a traitor.” Today,
historians continue to discuss the reasons for this controversy by examining
and re-examining his life story.Click this link
to learn more about his life. Jackson
wore many hats during his tumultuous lifetime - general, senator, businessman,
and eventually chief executive. A product of his western birthplace, Jackson
was right there as we asserted our place as an independent nation. He too moved
west as we stretched the limits of our western borders. He also found himself
at the head of the storm as we roiled with ourselves over the issue of slavery.
In many astonishing ways, Jackson’s life mirrored that of our young
nation. In his own
time, Jackson and his supporters were under almost constant assault from the
opposition for his new unorthodox approach to running the federal government.
But today, many of the these same practices are commonly accepted as executive
privilegeClick this link
to read more about how Jackson
changed and modernized the presidency. This
process of reanalyzing historical facts and reconsidering the motivations
behind our opinions is called Historical Revisionism. It is an important an ever-changing
part of our nation’s story, and the reason why it will never be possible to
etch an opinion of someone as complex as Andrew Jackson in stone. History, and
therefore the story of our nation and its people, is constantly under review
and revision. Maybe someone like you will write the next chapter! Click this link
to more information about the role
revisionism plays in modern historical thought.