1767 - 1845
But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. Farewell Address
Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was the dominant actor in American politics between Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Born to obscure parents and orphaned in youth, he was the first "self-made man" and the first westerner to reach the White House. He became a democratic symbol and founder of the Democratic Party, the country's most venerable political organization. During his two-term presidency, he expanded executive powers and transformed the President's role from chief administrator to popular tribune.
US Presidents and Slavery
Before the Civil War, many US presidents, including Jackson, owned enslaved people, and all of them had to deal with slavery as a political issue
Andrew Jackson and the troubled birth of democracy
Watch Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Andrew Jackson H.W. Brands talk about our seventh president