The Era Of The Common Man

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The era of the common man was a period between, 1824 through 1848, described to be the era of wealth, hope and power. During this period Andrew Jackson 's presidency helped United States grow as a nation and live up to the era’s name; through the economic developments, changing politics that benefited the common man, and different reform movements. The Tariff of 1828 commonly known as the “tariff of abominations” decreased the Southerners economy drastically. The Southerners had to pay for raw materials allowing the Northeast to prosper, by eliminating them from foreign competition. Jackson and his Democratic - Republican Party were able to use this to their advantage by luring colonist against the economic aristocracy that was growing in the
Northeastern states. As “president of the common man”, Andrew Jackson believed economic aristocracy was blocking opportunities to the common man. Jackson also believed that his biggest enemy was the National Bank, managed by Nicholas Biddle. The National Bank had a wide range of power and Biddle planned to use this power on less well managed banks. Jackson in order to stop this “monster” pulled out all of the government 's deposits going into the bank, he also refused to renew the bank 's charter before 1836, causing a short depression. At the beginning of 1835 a nationwide economic boom was taking place. Canal, railroad building, and an abundance of land contributed to this economic increase, as a result of this the government was…
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