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Andrew Jackson And The Influence Of The Jacksonian Democracy

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During the 1820s and 1830s, the Democratic Party grew under the influence of the politician Andrew Jackson. The Democrats believed in a limited federal government and supported giving more power to the states. The economic monopolies in the East concerned the Democrats, they wanted equal opportunity for white males in the South and West. By the presidential election in 1828, new amendments to voting qualifications allowed more white males to vote. With support from this new population of voters, Jackson swept the election, dawning the Jacksonian Era that lasted until the end of his second term as president. President Jackson was admired by his followers for his respect towards the common man and his focus on fulfilling the interests of the…show more content…
The growing power of the executive branch and the imbalance of power among the common men opposes the idea that the Jacksonian Democrats protected political democracy. Despite the divided opinions, vetoing the recharter of the Second National Bank was considered a failure of Jackson’s presidency because it did not protect political democracy.
In his veto message, Jackson claims to have vetoed the bill for the recharter of the Second National Bank because it was not “compatible with justice, with sound policy, or with the Constitution of our country” (Document B). The purpose of Jackson’s message is to express to the America people why Andrew Jackson wanted to veto the bank. Jackson claimed that the bank favored the rich and powerful over the common man, however, his veto was actually almost entirely out of self-interest. Upon the removal of the bank, Jackson supported a new system of banking that included “pet banks.” This method removed all of the money that was previously held by the national bank and distributed it to local banks. These banks were often owned by people who favored Jackson’s politics. He likely hoped that supporting the local banks would look like he supported the common man. Conversely, this support further strengthened his position as president and create a wider gap between the rich and the poor. Although the veto may appear to support economic equality
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