The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear a review of a recently published biography of Andrew Jackson titled Jacksonland and written by Steve Inskeep. The review will be presented by Mike Tucker at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Altus Public Library.
“I chose Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep for several reasons,” Tucker explained. “I enjoy history, and I had previously reviewed a biography of Jackson for the Coffee Club Bunch. This book, though, is about Jackson and John Ross, the principal chief of the Cherokees at the time. Since my mom’s side of the family has Cherokee roots, and Creek as well, I was eager to find out what Inskeep wrote about John Ross.”
“Like many other Oklahomans, I learned about the Trail of Tears in Oklahoma history class, but Jacksonland tells of the two men at the center over the battle for Cherokee Indian removal. Inskeep describes John Ross as the Moses of his people but also as a stubborn egotist; of Jackson, Inskeep says he was a hero of democracy but also a malevolent Indian hater. These two men who were former comrades in battle became opponents in the “war” of Indian removal, which Inskeep says can be viewed as a practical and inevitable response to the needs of white settlement or a shameful low point in American history. The book was an interesting read of what occurred behind the scenes during this time in American history.”
“Mike has been our August reviewer for several years now and always brings a great review to the group,” said Jennie Buchanan, program chair for the Coffee Cup Bunch. “This review will no doubt be of interest to all of us who enjoy learning more about Oklahoma’s history. We are indeed fortunate to have a reviewer such as Mike in our community.”
A longtime resident of Altus, Tucker is an English instructor at Western Oklahoma State College.
The Coffee Cup Bunch meets on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings are free and open to the public.
Reach Jennie Buchanan at email@example.com