Andrew Jackson Dbq

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Have you ever thought about what if one of the most influential presidents of the United States was taken off of currency because of controversial topics? This is the dilemma facing the government as they choose to take Andrew Jackson off of the $20 bill. Though Jackson was revolutionary in politics and ideas, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Andrew Jackson became president in the election of 1828. Jackson started the spoils system and he relied on the help of trusted friends rather than the presidential cabinet. He started the mass removal of Native Americans and despised the banking system. Andrew Jackson should not stay on the $20 bill because though he did a lot of good, his bad outweighs it. Andrew Jackson handled the “Nullification …show more content…

Jackson didn’t handle the Nullification Crisis very well. The Nullification Crisis started when Congress raised the taxes on imported goods. The southern states protested, but most of them accepted it. South Carolina opposed these taxes more than the other states. South Carolina tried to nullify the taxes. Nullification is a right that the states have that lets them nullify laws passed by the federal government that they have deemed unconstitutional. They threatened to secede from the United States and be their own country if the taxes were not removed. When Andrew Jackson heard about this, he was outraged. At first he slightly lowered the taxes, but when South Carolina didn’t stop he got Congress to pass the Force Act. This allowed him to use the federal army to collect taxes. At the same time of this bill, Congress was lowering the taxes. South Carolina chose to stop protesting and accept the taxes. This is important because it shows that if things aren’t going well, Jackson would resort to violence rather than find a peaceful agreement. Though he started peacefully, he would switch to violence …show more content…

Jackson had no sympathy for the Native Americans and during his presidency, it became a national policy to remove them by force. After independence, the United States created treaties with the tribes so there would be less conflict. Despite these treaties, Native Americans were still being pushed off. “The law did not say that Indians should be removed by force, and in 1831 the Supreme Court ruled that Indians have a right to their land. An angry Jackson disagreed. Groups that refused to move west voluntarily were met with military force, usually with tragic results.”(Hart, 2005) This quote shows that Jackson would do what he wants even if it isn’t right. When the Native Americans tried to defend their land cruelty occurred. Under president Martin Van Buren, more than 17,000 Cherokee were taken from their homes in Georgia and were sent west. “A soldier who took part in the Cherokee removal called it ‘the cruelest work I ever knew.’”(Hart, 2005) This shows that even some of the people that took part in it thought that it was cruel. Though this was not while Jackson was president, he was the one that started the mass removal of Native Americans so he was to blame for the cruelty that ensued after his presidency. Some might argue that Jackson was only trying to get more land for the settlers and that the Native Americans had a long time to

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