I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.
Andrew Jackson played a significant role in democratizing American government and society. He increased the power of the president, sparked a significant increase in voting, and had a personal popularity not seen since George Washington. However, while promoting his agenda and gaining the respect of white workers and farmers, he ordered the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands and started a dramatic expansion of slavery. While there is no record of the process that placed him on the $20 bill in the early 1900's, his presence in our wallets continues to be controversial. Jackson was an enigma who enjoyed widespread popular support but always faced extreme criticism.