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date: 28 September 2020

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This chapter maps a terrain identified as “Jax-space”: the Deep South of Indian removal (and subsequent extension of the plantation economy) wrought by Jacksonian action and policy. This space of the “Old Southwest,” including the “Latin” Spanish and French colonies of Florida and Louisiana secured to U.S. control by Jackson’s military leadership, constitutes a locus of ongoing racialized traumas, income inequality, proneness to violence, and challenges to democracy. The affect of “psychic homicide” (as Weaver puts it) or “bad air” (Bolden) of this space has managed to travel in diaspora (Chicago and Oklahoma), an affect detectable in the reach and design of the twenty-dollar bill. This chapter turns to folklore, music, and texts of the region to chart a core terrain of Jax-space, but “Jax” travels from the time-space of Andrew Jackson to our apprehensions of Michael Jackson.

Keywords: Indian removal, Jacksonian democracy, Jacksonian era, Jacksonian space, Jacksonian legacy, toxicity

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