This is what Andrew Jackson was. First on his list, he committed war crimes many times in his career, including the execution of hundreds of British prisoners in New Orleans (despite having no strategic or logistical reason to do so) and various massacres and ethnic cleansing of Amerindians towards the end if his presidency. He also completely ignored Congress and the Supreme Court, which led to the presidential overreach we often see and malign today. While it is true that the national bank which he dismantled caused many problems, he was not motivated to do so by virtue, but rather out of spite. Furthermore, he forced many innocent men into duels for very little reason, and even straight-up murdered a man. He was an authoritarian, power-crazed lunatic who abused his power and set up a large economic crash (which his VP, Martin Van Buren, would have to fix) and murdered dozens of innocents.
His treatment of Native Americans is still a national shame even today! He is celebrated for extending the vote to "all citizens" but his concept of citizenship was confined to white males. Besides the aforementioned Native Americans, he did nothing for African Americans whom he was happy to see remain slaves, or for women of any nationality or ethnicity!
His nickname, "old hickory," suited him well. He was tough as leather and cruel to minorities. He supported slavery and displaced many native Americans from their land and homes. Because of him, they were starving and had to leave the reservations to find food. Instead they found they were the target of a bullet. He was a horrible man.
The president abused his power to remove the Native Americans from their lands in Georgia despite the Supreme Court order that they can reside there. He was a good military general but during his presidency, he has done questionable things. Presidents should be judged on their actions and willingness to obey the American Constitution.
Andrew Jackson is one of the most overrated American presidents and he should not be on the 20 dollar bill. If you were to ask 100 random people on the street to tell you what Jackson did as president I am sure that 99 of them will not know. The simple fact that Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act makes him one of the worst presidents.
I think he is highly over rated. When you talk about great presidents and the things that were done for this country he never gets mentioned. He didn't make a great impression or leave any kind of history to constantly be remembered. He was not one of the great ones. He will never be.
Jackson is not even in the same caliber as Washington or Jefferson. Plus, one needs to consider the amount of Native Americans that lost their land and were forcibly moved under his tenure. That being said, he is definitely in a higher tier than some other presidents, like Chester Arthur or George W. Bush.
Jackson was the first president elected by a plurality of the citizenry, as a result of his populist campaign for suffrage and the elimination of property requirements to vote. His presidency ushered in an era of Jacksonian Democracy, allowing for more civic participation on behalf of the common man. Jackson also rooted out corruption in the National Bank and expanded trade partnerships. He also completely eliminated the debt. Jackson is to thank for an in tact Union, as he stood down South Carolina when they threatened to secede during the Nullification Crisis. Jackson was a vastly popular president, and for good reason. Jackson was one of the most effective populist presidents in our nation's history.
There's a reason he's on the twenty. AJ was the pinnacle of what makes a strong leader - resolute and willing to make tough decisions. He prevented the dissolution of the Union when South Carolina threatened to secede during the Nullification Crisis. He often gets flack for arguably contributing to the Panic of 1837 which occurred after his presidency, but his presidency was actually good for the economy. He passed internal improvements and treaties that expanded international trade. Indeed, during his presidency there was an overall economic expansion. Furthermore, he was the only president ever to eliminate the debt completely.
No, I do not think that Andrew Jackson is one of the most overrated American presidents. The main reason I say this is because I can not remember learning anything about Andrew Jackson in my social studies and history classes throughout my school days. I know very little about him, actually, which makes me think he might have been underrated.