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Rachel Jackson and the Search for Zion, 1760s-1830s

Gismondi, Melissa
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Gismondi, Melissa
Advisor
Taylor, Alan
Abstract
This dissertation provides a scholarly analysis of Rachel Jackson and her partnership with her husband, Andrew, U.S. Major General and president from 1829 to 1837. In tracing Rachel’s life and character, it focuses on her religiosity and its implications for Jackson and his settler war on Indigenous peoples. It argues that Rachel aligned Jackson’s military and political career with her conservative “avenging evangelism," which proved a crucial tool of Jackson’s empire-building. Steeped in frontier violence, Rachel saw Jackson’s warfare against Indigenous peoples, the conquest of their land, and their “removal” to reservations as part of a larger campaign to purge the U.S. of sin and create Zion on earth. This way of thinking (and feeling) justified and accelerated the violent dispossession of Indigenous peoples from southeastern North America during the War of 1812 and Jackson's presidency.
Language
English
Date Received
20170512
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2017
Published Date
2017-06-12
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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