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Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump, Civil War, Slavery

Andrew Jackson was a slave owner, but was strongly against South Carolina's secession in the 1830s.  It is not clear that had Jackson been president at the outbreak of the Civil War he would have "never let it happen", though.

One, the spectre of Southern Confederacy existed in 1860 and had not a generation earlier during the Nullification Crisis.  Many states would secede in 1861 -- in 1833, it was only South Carolina's threat, and it was about taxes, not slavery.

Two, Jackson was a committed slave owner, owning 150 humans at the time of his death (source).  Had he been alive to issue an opinion about the looming civil war in 1860, he might well have sided with the Confederacy and states claiming they had the right to build their economies on the backs of slaves.

Would he have supported the bombardment of Fort Sumter by the Confederacy? We can't know for sure.  Given that he was adamantly for the preservation of the Union during his presidency, but that he also was a committed slave owner and democrat, there could be good reasons to speculate that he would, or that he would not have supported the Confederacy and secession.

This is a case for professional historians.  Speculation by real estate moguls really isn't very relevant to the discussion, even if said real estate mogul happens to currently be the chief executive of our Republic.

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