Here’s my favorite learning project from this week: A group of homeschool kids in New England have started a petition to have Andrew Jackson’s picture taken off the $20 bill.
This is what the kids have to say:
Although Andrew Jackson was a war hero, a champion of the common man, and a popular president, his shameful treatment of slaves and Native Americans should disqualify him from being on the $20 bill.
While leading troops against Native Americans, Jackson favored killing women and children after massacres to eliminate future threats. As a prosperous slave owner, he sympathized with those who wanted tribal land for cotton production. As President, he passed the Indian Removal Act and initiated the forced removal we now call the Trail of Tears. When the Supreme Court sided with the Cherokee, Jackson became the only president to openly defy a Supreme Court ruling.
Even by the standards of his time, he was vindictive and dishonorable. Certainly, we can find a better role model than Jackson!
Go ahead and check their facts:
- Official White Biography for Andrew Jackson
- A&E Bio on Andrew Jackson
- Library of Congress’ Indian Removal Act online exhibit
- Free EDSITEment Lesson plans to accompany the PBS program on Andrew Jackson
Agree that Andrew Jackson has to to go? Sign the petition today! The kids have until June 15 to gather 100,000 signatures before President Obama is required to respond to their petition.
Does Andrew Jackson really have to go?