By Alexander Hay Ritchie — This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a08417.

Andrew Jackson’s Common Background

Where we are today, we don’t see much of history as it is clouded by what history wants us to see. We see people for who they are at the end of their lives instead of the whole of them. When we think of Andrew Jackson, history has us looking at a tyrannical man who ran over the Native Americans and sought to eliminate them all. What we miss out is see the full man. In the end, we might still see him in that light, but we would…