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Andrew Jackson Speed Paint by DJCoulz Andrew Jackson Speed Paint by DJCoulz
A quick speed-paint, that's all I have time for latley, of Andrew Jackson. Seventh President of the United States of America. Other wise known as "Old Hickory" "The Lion" and "The People's President" Based off the most famous painting of him, and the one that appears on the 20 dollar bill.

He's my favorite president, aside from some of his view points, I'm of Cherokee decent from Oklahoma, I'm well aware of Jackson's downfalls. But I admire the guy for being probably our most Badass President. (And Definitely the president with the most badass hair-do. )

He was our first president who was of poor and formally uneducated decent. Orphaned by 14, he and his brother were kidnapped by the British, and Jackson and his brother refused to shine the shoes of the general who held him captive, resulting in them getting beaten and hit with a sword. His mother came to their rescue but a few days later his brother died from his injuries and his mother died of sickness.

His stubborn, strong willed, and strong tempered demeanor got him into even more trouble later in life. Being a family man who always needed to be around his family and friends, he took very personally any attack on his family or friends. Jackson fought 13 duels, many nominally over his wife's honor. Charles Dickinson(not the one your thinking XD) and Jackson fought over a horse-racing debt and an insult to his wife, Dickinson shot Jackson in the ribs before Jackson returned the fatal shot; Jackson allowed Dickinson to shoot first, knowing him to be an excellent shot, and as his opponent reloaded, Jackson shot, even as the bullet lodged itself in his chest. The bullet that struck Jackson was so close to his heart that it could never be safely removed. Jackson had been wounded so frequently in duels that it was said he "rattled like a bag of marbles." At times he coughed up blood, and he experienced considerable pain from his wounds for the rest of his life.

Later he would also be the only president to attack his would-be-assassinater. A man, having lost his job and some reason blamed it on Jackson, ran up to him in a crown and pointed a pistol at Jackson, it mis-fired, so he pulled out another pistol and it to mis-fired. Jackson, being almost 70 at the time, proceeded to beat the shit out of the guy with his cane before his assistance restrained him and the man was apprehended. Afterward, due to curiosity concerning the double misfires, the pistols were tested and retested. Each time they performed perfectly. When these results were known, many believed that Jackson had been protected by the same Providence that had protected the young nation. This national pride was a large part of the Jacksonian cultural myth fueling American expansion in the 1830s.

Andrew Jackson is also the reason the Democratic party is represented by a donkey. During his election his opponent calling him "Jackass" and Jackson liked it and used it as a nickname for himself. Later resulting in the Donkey or ass to become the Democratic symbol.

He was a cool dude, and an amazing General. He would fight right along side his men, and he would not leave any of them behind, he treated his soldiers, and the country like his family and he always tried to do everything he could to protect it. Which is a rare quality. I wish we still had people running for president with that kind of fearless tenacity.

That's enough History for now. It's weird anyone looking through my gallery would not expect me to be a 19-year old chick XD
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chessnutcat Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
We could use another andrew jackson right about now and theres never enough history <3
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WindWaker20fo7 Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
most badass president ever..... by far
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TheRealYuma Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Teddy Roosevelt was way more badass than he was, and without being a racist piece of crap too, at least towards Dine.
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DJCoulz Jul 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Many peoples favorite is Teddy, He is so much more widely admired than someone like Jackson. But I would consider them the two top badasses of their parties. I am not blind to Jackson racist side, like I have said my family is of Cherokee decent from Oklahoma. But I've read so much more about him, You can't just look at presidents from the past and completely shun them out for being racist, sure it's a horrible think, but in retrospect. Back then it was different. MANY loved presidents are not saints in this issue. But if you chose to leave them at that and not delve deeper into their story and personality then your missing out.

Jackson may have killed many Native American people, because he saw them as a threat to his people, but he was also a loving family man. He found an infant Native American baby on the battle field and took it home and raised it as one of his own. MAny presidents, specially from the past, are written about a certain way, to give them a sort of image that sticks. Jackson was given the image of a heartless warrior or a bloody thirsty racist. Some of the views probably helped him politically but at the same time he wasn't blind to the suffering of others. I think more people, specially those who do dislike him, should read about him, like indepth books, he's actually a very interesting and complex guy.

Also with the racist thing, even Lincoln didn't think black and white could live together. Once they were free he wanted to send them all to Panama, cause he didn't think the 2 races could live civilly together.
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TheRealYuma Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't give a crap about Lincoln. I already knew that. I have enough respect for him that I wouldn't pee on his grave, but that's about it. Also, you just made Jackson look like a hypocrite, not to mention yourself. I mean, this would be like a Jewish person having Adolf Hitler as their favorite German leader.
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DJCoulz Jul 13, 2012   Digital Artist
I think you need to do a bit more reading...
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TheRealYuma Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, Andrew Jackson created a genocide. That's all there is too it. That does in fact automatically make him a terrible man. I mean, there are some good things to say about Sadam Hussein but that doesn't make him a good man.
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WindWaker20fo7 Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
was Sadam ever the president of the United States?... That's a totally different thing
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My city, the capital of Mississippi where I grew up and still live, is named after him. There's a life-size painting of him in city hall.
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Excellent work, and great history lesson.
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