A thrilling narrative history of two menPresident Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Rosswho led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history
Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States faced a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two men, former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story.
One man we recognize: Andrew Jacksonwar hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding Southwhose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Rossa mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomatwho used the United States’ own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson.
Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes, which had adopted the ways of white settlerscultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to schoolRoss championed the tribes’ cause all the way to the Supreme Court. He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events, such as the Civil War, and set the pattern for modern-day politics.
At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. In shocking detail, Jacksonland reveals how Jackson, as a general, extracted immense wealth from his own armies’ conquest of Native lands. Later, as president, Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres in today’s Deep South, the “Jacksonland” of our story. Jacksonland is the work of renowned journalist
Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition and author of the critically acclaimed Instant City. Inskeep offers in Jacksonland a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece, a tragedy of American history that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy, drama, and relevance to our lives. Harrowing, inspiring, and deeply moving, Inskeep’s Jacksonland is the story of America at a moment of transition, when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men.
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About the Author
STEVE INSKEEP is a co-host of Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. His investigative journalism has received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award, and the Alfred I. Dupont award. He is the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi.
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Inskeep tells this, one of the most tragic and transformative stories in American history, in swift, confident, colorful strokes. So well, and so intimately, does he know his subject that the reader comes away feeling as if Jackson and Ross's epic struggle for the future of their nations took place yesterday, rather than nearly 200 years ago. --Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt
Few episodes in American history evoke greater controversy and bitterness than Indian removal and the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Steve Inskeep's Jacksonland brilliantly retells this troubling story. Framing his narrative around the intertwining lives of its two principal actors, President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross, Inskeep offers an insightful account of the actual events and compelling comment on why they still matter today. Told with pinpoint accuracy, even-handed sympathy, and sparkling prose, this is truly a tale for our times. --Daniel Feller, University of Tennessee, Director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson
Steve Inskeep has found an illuminating and provocative way to talk about the American past--and, truth be told, the American present and future, too. By taking us back to the epic struggle between Andrew Jackson and Chief John Ross, Inskeep tells an essential story of geography, greed, and power, and the forces he so clearly delineates are the ones that shape us still. --Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
This narrative of the forced removal of Cherokee Indians from their ancient homeland in the 1830s is framed as a contest between two determined and stubborn adversaries who had once been allies. President Andrew Jackson eventually prevailed over Cherokee Chief John Ross in a conflict that culminated in the infamous Trail of Tears. Steve Inskeep skillfully captures the poignant drama of this tragic tale. --James McPherson, author of Embattled Rebel and Battle Cry of Freedom
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Steve Inskeep talked for almost 90 minutes, without notes, about the writing of the book, including the keelboat passage excerpted above. The venue was a repurposed movie theatre filled with "friends of the library", the library being the Knox County Library System of Knoxville, TN. Afterward, Steve took questions from the audience for half an hour, then autographed books for perhaps another hour. It was a wonderful evening! I will let my wife read the book first, but I'll make sure she reads fast!