A Broader View

Kansas City Takes a Stand to Show the Wrongdoings of Andrew Jackson

A Broader View
By: Erin O’Brien

The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, has been praised for his actions. As president he sought to advance the rights of the “common man” against a “corrupt aristocracy” and to preserve the Union. For Andrew Jackson the “common man” only included straight, white, and wealthy men. As much as the seventh president of the united states is still praised today it would be a shock to anyone that this man gained all of his wealth from being a slave owner. It’s amazing what gets swept under the rug when someone is famous and has enough money. Slavery would be an easy action to ignore in the 1700’s as it was a common abuse but in 2019 its a disgrace on the nation and to the american people to keep blatently ignoring the actions of this man. To go so far as to have statues of him in the capitol buildings and still honor his name is something that can no longer be stood for. His abuses involving slavery are a part of the dark history of the U.S. and cannot be rewritten by ignoring the facts and ptting up bronxe statues in his honor.

When Andrew Jackson bought The Hermitage plantation in 1804, he owned nine enslaved African Americans. Just 25 years later, that number had swelled to more than 100. The Hermitage was a 1,000 acre, self-sustaining plantation that relied completely on the labor of enslaved African American men, women, and children. They performed all of the back breaking labor that produced the cash crop, cotton. The more land Andrew Jackson acquired, the more slaves he procured to work it. The Jackson family’s survival and wealth was made possible by the profit garnered from the crops worked by enslaved on a daily basis. By the Time of Andrew Jackson’s death he owned more than 150 enslaved African Americans. There hardships will not be forgotten. Kansas City, Missouri shares the same view as they’ve decided to replace all of the plagues on Andrew Jackson’s statues with a broader more inclusive view of the nations history.

Elected officials state, “This statue of Jackson reminds us we are on a path that in the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr., bending toward justice. In turn, we must acknowledge the past injustices to help us create greater nation built upon humane policies to light our way and the way of humanity everywhere,” the plaques will read.”You may be entering this revered building today in a pursuit of truth or justice. Your own history is still being written.”