President Trump says that if Andrew Jackson had still been around, there might not have been a Civil War. I won’t count this as one of his lies. Rather, he just doesn’t know any better.

When you elevate Jackson to a hero’s throne, it’s possible that you may not have heard that Old Hickory also presided over the removal of 16,000 Cherokees from their homes in the south, driving them at bayonet’s point to Oklahoma.

It was one of the most merciless federal actions in theĀ nation’s history, and an estimated 4,000 Native Americans, including children, perished along the 1,200-mile path on foot from starvation and disease – an abominable act that history now preserves as the Trail of Tears.

That horror story was vividly chronicled by A. J. Langguth’s book, “Driven West”. I wouldn’t recommend it as pleasure reading. As for Trump, I’m told he doesn’t read books, and it often shows.

 

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