Andrew Jackson: The Most Controversial United States President

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Presidents are usually looked up to and admired throughout the country they serve. Andrew Jackson, the six-foot two-inch seventh President of the United States of America, was born in South Carolina and later moved to Tennessee. He was elected president because of his military victories, such as the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson was by far one on the most controversial presidents because of his self-focused actions, along with his dictatorial style and tendency to get a job done by any means. Jackson based his decisions upon what he thought would most benefit himself, not the country. His cabinet was often called a “kitchen cabinet” because he appointed friends with the same political views as him to fill…show more content…
Jackson resented banks because he was a man who came from a family of poor farmers who paid with goods and crops. He saw banks as only useful to the wealthy, so when Henry Clay proposed “The Bank Bill”, which was in favor of the recharter, Jackson vetoed it. Andrew Jackson only thought about himself, and people who were like him, poor farmers. In total, vetoed twelve bills during his presidency, which was more than all of the preceding presidents combined. Again, Jackson set his mind to do something, and it was done. The Tariff of 1828 raised taxes and the Southerners did not like this at all. South Carolina threatened to leave the union if the taxes were not lowered. Calhoun wanted to nullify the taxes in South Carolina, but Jackson threatened to bring military forces to South Carolina to solve the problem. From the 1830s to the 1860s, the “Abolitionist Movement” began with calls to eradicate slavery. Jackson, one of the largest slavery owners in Tennessee, was against this movement, but that did not stop articles from being published, and protests from being started. William Lloyd Garrison published a anti-slavery newspaper called “The Liberator” that received mixed reviews because some people in Boston, where he was from, still approved of slavery. Nat Turner was a slave who believed he was responsible for ending slavery. He created an uprising that killed 60 white men, women, and children. Some of the white slave owners were scared that this uprising

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