Dbq on Andrew Jackson Essay

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DBQ – Andrew Jackson

Jacksonian Democrats believed that they were protecting individual liberty, political democracy, the equality of economic opportunity, and upholding the rights of the Constitution of the United States. In my opinion, the Jacksonians were, to some extent, guardians of the United States. However, the Jacksonians did have their flaws.
When it came to protecting individual liberties, Jacksonians favored the white male population, but totally ignored others. They wanted to move all of the Indians who lived in the eastern lands to western lands past the Mississippi River. Jackson bolstered their case. Even after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee tribe and its right to remain where it was, Jackson did
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The Jacksonians viewed themselves as guardians of equal economic opportunity; this was somewhat true. By killing the Bank, Jackson did indeed spread equal economic opportunity by taking away privileges from the wealthy classes. Harriet Martineau recalled “the absence of poverty, of gross ignorance, of all servility, of all insolence” and that “every man in the towns an independent citizen; every man in the country a landowner.” (doc. D). This quote showed the newly available equal economic opportunities that Jackson helped to bring about. Another person who believed that there were more economic opportunities was Chief Justice Roger B. Taney. He felt that the Supreme Court case of Charles River Bridge vs. Warren Bridge in 1837 helped spread equal economic opportunity (doc. H). This case prohibited the Charles River Bridge company from establishing a monopoly over the bridges in that area. However, the “The Working Men’s Declaration of Independence” showed that some men believed that the government was not promoting equal economic opportunity. This document reestablished that fact that the commoners could reform and bring changes to the government should it fail to protect “certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (doc. A).
When it comes to the Unites States Constitution, Jackson attempted to act as a guardian, but he only

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