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 December 1, 2010 Volume 4

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson: The exhumation of a monster
Opinion piece By Albert Bender
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The play Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson calls itself historical satire.  It's been a sold out show on Broadway since September. It's also been the subject of rave reviews.

“The last ten minutes are best, when Jackson offers Native Americans a Final Solution," one reviewer wrote. "Jackson says, "What I know to be true is that the extinction of your people is inevitable.'” 

What is humorous to some may not be funny to others.  Jackson is presented as a rock star full of racist anti-Indian lines. Typical remarks addressed to an Indian leader:

“You  people are despicable creatures! You show no loyalty to anything, your music is terrible, your table manners suck, and your painting skills are absolutely dreadful. You savages, you’re soul-less.”

Parallels can be made between Jackson and Hitler's Germany.  It was Hitler who coined the term Final Solution.”  His Final Solution was to send the Jewish people to the crematoriums.  It was the worst genocide campaign of the 20th Century. Nazi forces killed over 6,000,000 Jews, gypsies, and political prisoners.

Now the term Final Solution is reborn and redirected at Native Americans in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson:

Native characters are degraded and stereotyped.  

Historic Indian leaders are portrayed as slow-witted and dull-minded. They are always ready to sell tribal lands for a few blankets and dream catchers.

The great Muscogee Creek leader Menawe fought Jackson’s forces at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. Menawe was wounded seven times protecting his people.  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson depicts him wearing a dime store headdress and signing a treaty he refused to sign.

In 1832, the Sauk leader Black Hawk fought Americans in a war to save his tribe's ancestral lands. He is seen as a traitor who disposed of his tribe’s lands.

As a final insult, all the Indian roles in Bloody are played by white


Jackson was pro-slavery and anti-Indian. His Indian fighting career began after he moved to Nashville. Battles between white settlers and allied Cherokees and Creeks were raging in the area. He was 46 when the Creek Wars began in 1813.  In his first campaign against the Creek Nation, native warriors were vastly outnumbered and outgunned. Yet they pushed back Jackson's forces. 

According to Anglo history, Jackson defeated the Creeks at Horseshoe Bend. The U.S. reported 800 Creek warriors were killed. But the Creek version is different. They say Jackson's forces moved in and killed hundreds of women and children
when their warriors were absent from the village.

As for the Trail of Tears, Jackson planned and enforced the most murderous removal of American Indians in U.S. history. He signed the Indian Removal Bill in 1830, then used the military to enforce fake treaties.  It resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Native American men, women, children and elderly forced to march west.

Jackson even prevented Cherokees from having soap.  This was after he was no longer president, and his successor, Martin Van Buren carried out his wishes.

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is playing at Jacobs Theater in New York City. It is currently scheduled to run through April, 2011.


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