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I am a student of history, and in my historical fantasies,
I like to hurl my heroes against those in power who abused it.
In THE RIVAL,
I have Victor Standish and Sergeant Samuel McCord clash with President Jackson in 1834 New Orleans.
Was Jackson a villain?
Andrew Jackson was a wealthy slave owner and infamous Indian killer,
gaining the nickname ‘Sharp Knife’ from the Cherokee.
President Thomas Jefferson appointed him to appropriate Creek and Cherokee lands.
In his brutal military campaigns against Indians,
Andrew Jackson recommended that troops systematically kill Indian women and children
after massacres in order to complete the extermination.
The Creeks lost 23 million acres of land in southern Georgia and central Alabama,
paving the way for cotton plantation slavery.
His frontier warfare and subsequent ‘negotiations’
opened up much of the southeast U.S. to settler colonialism.
As a major general in 1818, Andrew Jackson invaded Spanish Florida chasing fugitive slaves
who had escaped with the intent of returning them to their “owners,”
and sparked the First Seminole War.
As president, Jackson's war with the banks sparked the financial panic of 1837.
I could go on, but there is a reason he is being taken off the $20 bill.
His ghost is probably happy since he hated paper money!
In keeping with Jackson tradition,
I have him duel with Victor Standish on horseback with sabers!
Also keeping with tradition, I have Jackson cheat.