Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson: The exhumation of a monster
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.”
Now the term Final Solution is reborn and redirected at Native Americans in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson:
Jackson was pro-slavery and anti-Indian. His Indian fighting career began
after he moved to Nashville. Battles between
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
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.
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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