Andrew Jackson Essay

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Andrew Jackson strongly opposed the Second National Bank of the United States. The Panic of 1819 was a key motivator for the destruction of the Second National Bank for Andrew Jackson and many Americans (Shepard Software “Andrew Jackson”); it left many Americans unemployed and hundreds of businesses bankrupt especially farming businesses. A lot of the blame of the Panic of 1819 was put onto the Second Bank of the United States (Remini, American Empire, 164), and Jackson strongly believed it was the bank’s fault. As a supporter of farmers, and the common man, Andrew Jackson targeted the Second Bank of the United States (Remini, American Democracy 161). Though there are many reasons for Andrew Jackson’s opposition, was there …show more content…
(Remini, American Freedom, 144) which made him appeal to many Americans. Jackson continued to use the appeal of appearing to be “one of the people” in his campaigns for presidency, often targeting the Second National Bank. Jackson would often describe to the people that destroying the bank would be an act of “reform” and “purifying government departments” (Remini. American Democracy, 117). When talking about the Second Bank of the United States in his campaigns he was sure to remind the audience it was for the good of the people or for America’s liberty (Remini, American Democracy, 117). This strategy proved to be successful for Jackson’s campaign, because he led a victory against his opponent, John Quincy Adams, in the election of 1824, but only with a popular vote, Jackson did not win the electoral vote and thus did not become president. (Remini, American Freedom, 167). This meant that Jackson’s plan of appealing to the people must have worked because, more and more people were beginning to become supportive of Jackson because of the image he created for himself as a candidate of the people.
The growing support must have grown exponentially because Jackson won a landslide victory against Henry Clay in the election of 1832. This landslide victory shocked members on both political parties, Jackson even won in Clay’s home state of Kentucky (Remini, American

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