Old Hickory was a disaster for slaves and Native Americans, but from the perspective of the early-nineteenth-century electorate his policies were better than most. He curbed the growth of government, increased competition in the financial sector, and, most importantly, made resources more available to citizens by helping to put fertile land into the hands of the voting public.
|Other Independent Review articles by Robert M. Whaples|
|Fall 2015||Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next One|
|Spring 2015||Skeptical Thoughts on a Taxpayer-Funded Basic Income Guarantee|
|Winter 2015||A Feathered River across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeons Flight to Extinction|
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