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Fact Check: Could Andrew Jackson Have Stopped The Civil War, As Trump Said?

In an interview that aired Monday, President Trump spoke highly of Andrew Jackson, and wondered why more people don't ask why the Civil War happened, asserting Jackson could have prevented it.

In an interview on SiriusXM Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump wondered aloud about why the Civil War wasn't "worked out" and whether Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the war started, could've prevented the bloodiest war in U.S. history.

Trump visited Jackson's estate last month in Tennessee, and many have drawn comparisons between the two. Trump obviously likes the parallel, even going so far as to have a portrait of Jackson hung in the Oval Office.

Trump also pondered why more people don't ask "why was there the Civil War?"

NPR Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep wrote a book about Andrew Jackson in 2015, called Jacksonland, so I reached out to him via email today

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