American History Book Club

The American History Book Club will discuss Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep (Penguin, $17.00). Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Ross a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat who used the United States own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers, Ross championed the tribes cause all the way to the Supreme Court. Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and defined the political culture for much that followed. 

Event date: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143108313
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Published: Penguin Books - May 17th, 2016