Sunday, January 25, 2009
The Booth family, it turns out, also had it in mind to murder Andrew Jackson. Jackson, too, had stood up for the Union during the "nullification" crisis, thirty years before the Civil War.
The bad seed?
Oswald had two daughters and no sons, I believe.
Dodging a....well never mind..
Sexist! Women can be traitorous murderers too!
Apparently, they just aren't as successful at it, yet. Another glass ceiling, I'm sure.
From what I read Andrew Jackson was strongly pro-union even as he remained an anti-federalist in principle and practice. His concern with threats to our nation from the southern border motivated his wars with the Indians, British, and Spanish.
In general, the union is what secured our independence. Expanding the union wasn’t manifest destiny as some would say of his protégée, James Polk, but simply a realist measure to make our nation strong and able to withstand foreign threats.
None of this contradicts his ‘states rights’ posture since he saw the nation as a union of states. It was known as the “United States” when I grew up.