Freedom, Liberty, and Independence

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During the Jacksonian era, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay, along with countless other Americans, held strong in their beliefs and the pursuit of their individual rights of freedom, liberty, and independence. The Jacksonian period was a time in American history that has been personified as a time of extreme change and upheaval in the areas of economic growth, political interests, and expansion. It was the tremendous shifts in these areas that threatened to surpass and exceed the very principles of freedom, liberty, and independence that the American Revolution had been fought over, and in which the United States of America had been founded. The purpose of this essay, based upon the book by Harry L. Watson, Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay:…show more content…
Jackson also elaborated on the reasons as to why all able men, not just those that fell under his command, should feel the overwhelming urge to stand up and fight. The motives to fight included the acquirement of the right to trade freely and without danger on the open seas, the restoration of the nation’s honor, and most importantly, fight to prevent future indignities placed upon the hard working citizens of America at the hands of the British. (d-1) Andrew Jackson was a formidable opponent to the continued existence of the Bank of the United States. The motion to extend a new charter to the Bank of the United States became a topic of great concern for President Jackson during the election year of 1832. The bill was sent to Jackson, to either sign his approval, or veto. The president vetoed the bill, therefore, depriving the Bank of the United States a new charter and its continued existence after 1836. In Jackson’s veto message to the United States Senate, he declared that the Bank of the United States was a menace to the institution of equal rights. Jackson stated in his communication with the Senate, that the risk presented by the Bank of the United States was that it enabled vast and large sums of money to be handled by only a few stockholders, who out of greed or possibly temptation, would be more inclined to see to their own needs and whims than see
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