Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Why could the Civil War not have 'been worked out?'

President Donald Trump is wondering why the issues that led to the Civil War Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War
Andrew Cummings | 01 May, 2017, 20:04

President Donald Trump thinks the Civil War could have been prevented under different leadership. "It's because my ancestors and millions of others were enslaved".

"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War", Trump said.

His remarks about Jackson and the civil war appeared to arise from a discussion of a painting of the seventh president that Trump moved into the Oval Office after his inauguration. Why could that one not have been worked out? He was-he was a very tough person, but he had a big heart.

On the one hand, though Andrew Jackson died in 1845 - almost two decades before the Civil War began - Trump's belief that Jackson would have prevented the war from happening, while impossible to prove, does have some connection to the real events that happened during Jackson's presidency. "And he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, 'There's no reason for this'".

Trump, who has at times shown a shaky grasp of US history, said he wonders why issues "could not have been worked out" in order to prevent the secession of 11 Southern states and a war that lasted four years and killed more than 600,000 soldiers.

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But the question of "why was there the Civil War" is one that people have in fact been thinking about for more than 150 years. Jackson was a slave-holding plantation owner.

"President Donald Trump said his allegation that he was illegally surveilled by former President Barack Obama has 'been proven very strongly'". Because, you know, the war was about slavery, a word Trump never uttered during the interview, by the way.

- Robin Thede (@robinthede) May 1, 2017 Such a shame Frederick Douglass wasn't around back in the 1860s to help Andrew Jackson work out that whole Civil War business. But seriously, it was about slavery.

Seeing as that the president seems to lack an understanding of history that even elementary schoolers have, it now makes sense why he's constantly praising Jackson. His presidency is characterized by the Trail of Tears, the result of the Indian Removal Act.

In March he visited the Hermitage, Jackson's home in Nashville, Tennessee, which was partly built by slaves, and was pictured saluting at the former president's grave. "It was during the revolution that Jackson first confronted and defied an arrogant elite. Does that sound familiar?" Trump said in February that Douglass "is an example of somebody who's done an fantastic job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice".

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