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  •  Andrew Jackson is different (6+ / 0-)

    He was responsible for ethnic cleansing on a really large scale. Even by the standards of the day, this was really a major violation.  The dominant paradigm of the day was that the Indians needed to be assimilated.  Well, the Cherokee and other tribes in the SE were develioping the written languages, governmental structures and adopting the technologies that would have enabled them to integrate where they were.  This in fact was what made them a threat. This was a huge crime in terms of the numbers affected, the scale of the movement, the deliberate nature of the ethnic cleansing and the fact that none of it was necessary, even given the assimilationist perspectives of the day.  

    I don't like seeing him on $20 bills.  It's hard to find another historical figure on any of the bills that comes close in terms of magnitude of criminality.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:26:30 AM PST

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    •  As someone who has been bellyaching about... (3+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, PhilK, wu ming

      ...this ever since ATMs chose to send only $20 into my hands, I would love to see this change.

      As for the Removal Acts that sent some 100,000 Indians living east of the Mississippi to what is now Oklahoma, many were already highly assimilated—the Cherokee, for instance. One thing that got them driven out was the discovery of gold on their territory in Georgia. If that sounds familiar, it's what happened to the Sioux as well.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 10:45:30 AM PST

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