Andrew Jackson’s ‘Era of the Common Man’ or the ‘Jacksonian Period’ (1824-1845)

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Andrew Jackson’s ‘Era of the Common Man’ or the ‘Jacksonian Period’ (1824-1845) starts at his inauguration, and ends as the Civil War begins. Jackson was the first president that was not born into wealth or education, but instead made his own wealth, and taught himself up to a prime education, a ‘self-made man’, as some may say, this and his military history made him the defining figure of his age. Although, he downplayed his past successes to make him more like the ‘common man’, and appeal to the voters, his past, and his future changes to political policies, economy, and the overall society, marks this special period as the Era of the Common Man. On a political level, Jackson changed the way the president is elected, by repeatedly …show more content…
Although, this principle, at face value, may seem to favor the common man, but in it’s true principles, betray the common man. Jackson strongly fought this ideal, saying that the federal government was made to protect and represent the common man, even when the common man turned on one another, and to protect the common man the Union must be persevered. These issues came to a head, when Vice-President Calhoun, in the South Carolina Exposition and Protest of 1828, supported his home state in nullifying the federal tariff of 1828, which implied he supported the ‘Nullification Rights’ of the state. Jackson, although supporting South Carolina’s view of the tariff, prized the preservation of the Union more, and squashed this rebellion down with the threat of troops being sent. This incident protected the common man, by making it clear that the differing views of a minority will not be able to hurt the common man, so long as the Union can be preserved.
These principles against the Nullification rights of the state, were shown once again when, at the April 13, 1830, Jefferson Day dinner, Calhoun toasted “The Union of the U.S., and the Sovereignty of the States”, showing his support of Nullification, and Jackson toasted is respond “Our federal Union: it must be preserved”, showing his opposition to Nullification, and exposing the widening gap between himself and

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