Andrew Jackson 's Changing Legacy Essay

1108 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Professor Daniel Feller talks in his article Andrew Jackson’s Shifting Legacy about how Andrew Jackson has received so much fame. He has not done anything as nearly significant as other presidents have, but yet he is almost always ranked in the top ten presidents. Jackson has a whole era dedicated to him, whereas other presidents simply belong to eras. Some of the main things Jackson did were that he defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans, dealt with the Nullification Crisis, had famous vetoes, and signed the Indian Removal Act. In Feller’s concluding sentence, he says that Americans will continue to argue about Jackson. I agree with this because people have their opinions about him and not everybody’s is the same.
To start off, I do not really know many facts about Jackson so Feller’s article brought up the question of how he is famous. I have heard of him and schools talk about him quite a bit, but why? He was the seventh president and he did impact the country in many ways. His nickname was “Old Hickory” and he was born in one of the Carolinas. He became an orphan during the American Revolution and was poor. He later moved to Tennessee and became a lawyer. Jackson served in the Senate and House of Representatives. He was also a Major General in the War of 1812. During the Election of 1824, Jackson won the popular vote but not the electoral majority, resulting in a loss. The election also resulted in the Democratic-Republican Party splitting into…

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