Andrew Jackson should remain on the $20 bill.
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First round is for acceptance.
Why Andrew Jackson does belong on the $20:
1. He was an American hero. Without his commanding during the War of 1812, the war would have ended very differently. Take the battles of New Orleans and Talladega for example, which were commanded by him and were largely won by the Americans.
2. Andrew Jackson largely reduced the nation's national debt.
3. Andrew Jackson is mainly responsible for the creation of the Democratic Party, now one of the two major political parties in America, beside the Republicans.
Countering my opponent's statements:
"as his involvement in the Slave Trade, and his utter brutality toward's slaves, is not something that should be honored in our Currency."
You have to keep in mind that all presidents before Jackson and some after him had slaves and participated in the Slave Trade. Some of those presidents are even on money today, those being:
George Washington, on the $1 bill.
Alexander Hamilton (not a president, but major in politics), on the $10 bill.
Even Ulysses S. Grant, the leader of the Union during the Civil War had slaves. He is on the $50 bill.
I think I made my point. I bet you don't think the people above should be off money, do you?
Con's overuse of commas makes his argument somewhat hard to read, but what the heck? I'll try.
"Did the most damage to the Indian population".
Martin Van Buren was the real enforcer of Indian Removal, not Andrew Jackson. Even beside from that, the real reason of relocating the Indians was to help them. Where the Indians were currently living, their hunting availabilities were getting lower, their land was getting worse, and they would've become extinct if they weren't moved somewhere else. Upon being moved to a different land, the Indians had much more opportunities and availabilities to survive. It is not Jackson's fault that many died along the way. Keep in mind that only 1/4 of the Indians that moved died, leaving 3/4, or 75% of all those Indians to live a better life.
Also, the Indians didn't reject to move, especially not when they could've. They signed numerous treaties agreeing clearly that they would move.
I will now address your argument of you think it's ironic that he is on money printed from a bank, which he was an enemy of.
Andrew Jackson was an enemy of the Second National Bank, a bank that no longer exists. Jackson had not been on money during the second bank's life. So it does not matter if the bamnk prints him on money, it makes perfect sense.
Many presidents before Jackson should be heralded as heroes. I will describe why:
George Washington: Commander of the Americans during the revolution, probably the reason why this nation started.
John Adams: Helped to write the Declaration and helped construct American government.
Thomas Jefferson: Wrote the Declaration and also helped construct American government.
James Madison: Wrote the Bill of Rights and is considered the father of the Constitution.
James Monroe: War hero, the last founding father, and an important man in government.
John Q. Adams: Okay, I admit he didn't do anything special.
I understand why you view the Trail of Tears so horribly, most people do. But there still are positive things about it.
TheAmazingLiberal forfeited this round.
So to sum up, Andrew Jackson should remain on the $20 because he was a war hero and did the best he could for the country.
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