Chapter seven of Zinn’s book pertains to the atrocities committed by Andrew Jackson in response to Indian Tribes being in the way of American expansion. This is yet again another example of how so many history books see the past through tinted lenses. Up until today I saw Andrew Jackson as a positive figure in American history that contributed to the expansion and progression of America. Andrew Jackson is even on the twenty dollar bill! I see Andrew Jackson’s face almost everyday, and I am just now learning that he killed thousands of Native Americans for an indecent cause. There were many Native Amercians that were ready to assimilate and coexist with the expanding Americans, yet Andrew Jackson still encouraged Americans to essentially take land and kick the Native Americans out. I find it very interesting how each of Zinn’s chapters have connections to each other, and they all share a common theme of inequality and injustice.
Andrew Jackson blatantly killed and pushed the Native American tribes away from the territory they previously held, yet these parts of American history are oftentimes pushed aside. This chapter from Zinn’s book, and every chapter prior to this one has collectively brought me to a conclusion. The American education system must be reformed to have a more balanced teaching of American history. We learned all about how bad Nazi Germany was, and all about the atrocities committed by Stalin, yet America is seen as a morally and ethically superior country in many aspects. I would question who is pushing for America to be seen in such a positive light, and why is this misinterpretation of history happening? Is America better off now that its citizens feel the country is morally superior? I genuinely do not know why the teachings of American history are so flawed, but I believe education reform in America is of the utmost importance.