Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States of America, can be debated as either a good president or bad president. But if one were to weigh out the positives and negatives of Andrew Jackson’s presidency, one would realize that his positives outweigh his negatives for a variety of historic facts. Andrew Jackson was a good president because he represented the majority of America’s people by being a common, prevented a civil war when South Carolina threatened to secede from the nation, and because he technically found or instigated the two major parties used in America today (Democratic and Republican). Many Jackson oppositionists despise him because of he is a hypocrite, however America was founded on hypocrisy so as an
Jackson did not serve for the people of America, Jackson served to change America how he believe it should be run. By ignoring the government Jackson acts more like a king than a president. Jackson went against Supreme Court decision and removed Indians from their land. As Jackson said in his Second Annual Message to Congress Jackson commented that, “the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation” (Doc E). Indians on the land that Jackson forcibly removed them from was delegated as their land by the Supreme Court. By going against the Supreme Court, Jackson did not act presidentially. Also, The removal of Indians resulted in countless Indian deaths and resulted in violence. Another example of Jackson attending to his own agenda was the issue of nullification and South Carolina. Jackson had a personal bias against John C. Calhoun, and threatened him when Calhoun exclaimed that South Carolina would leave the union if Jackson didn’t allow South Carolina to lower or rid of the tariff on imported
Andrew Jackson was like no other president before him. The previous presidents had one thing in common, they were all part of the founding fathers or in John Quincy Adam’s case was the son of a founding father. However Jackson was a plantation owner from the west who had no connections with the government. He also had different views from other presidents that made his presidency unique. Two things that separated Andrew Jackson’s presidency from previous presidencies were he reached out to the common people and he was disapproving of the Bank of United States.
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
Jackson was willing to make the unpopular decision of vetoing the renewal for the national bank and withdraw all the money to get our nation out of debt. Doing this made him very unpopular but Jackson was willing to take the risk to get the nation out of debt. Also when President Jackson became president he brought all of his friends with him, and gave them jobs, even me, using the spoils system. Incase you didn’t know the spoils system is when a president gets elected and he gives all of his friends and associates positions in office. As one of our best presidents Andrew Jackson also paved the road for us to continue on with manifest destiny by moving the Native Americans into Oklahoma so we could move farther west. While this may seem cruel to some he was doing what was best for our people and what he felt was best for the Native American population. President Jackson caringly thought of how the Native Americans would feel about themselves if they were surrounded by civilized people with foreign traditions to them. He was moving them for their own good, seeing as they never wanted to assimilate to our culture. Also, he feared that they would see themselves the way that they are truly seen, as savages, and he did not want to have to force that
IN the Election of 1828 thier was a big emphasis on charecter. The country had just gone through the panic of 1819 and had just recovered. The election of 1828 was the first presidential contest where popular votes would determine thr outcome. The voters, not the state legislators chose the electors. Jackson ran against Adams who was considered a elitist and wanted to create a monarch. While Jackson was considered to care about the ordinary man. Jackson was a democrat, who was worried about the common man, running against the whigs who were considered to be have a top down style of running government. Valuing the rich and not caring about the por. Jackson offered new hospitality to the common man. This is why he was so liked by the people. Before this the rulers would not care at all about the struggling man only abuot big busineses. Once in office he
Jackson took part in many wars; the first war he fought in was the war of Hanging rock which was against the British. He would later go on to battle in small skirmishes against British symthisizers and tories. Andrew was not fighting those wars alone, he had his country on his side but he also had is older brothers to look up to. He fought with them until his oldest brother was killed in action when Jackson was just 13. Later on him and his brother were both captured and taken as prisoners. They were able to get out of jail and go free, but that did not last to long. Andrew’s brother died shortly after from small pox, both him and his brother were infected while they were in prison. This would not be the last battle Andrew would fight in though, even though not to long after his mother was killed while she was helping in the war, he would go onto be one of the greatest war hero’s of all time. It wasn’t till the war of 1812 that Jackson would become a world wide known hero. This war was very significant because of Andrew Jacksons quick and very smart thinking. The war of 1812 was a war between the United states and the British army that would go on for a total of 32 months. Jackson was not heard to much of until
Andrew Jackson has gone down as one of the best presidents in United States history and that’s because he did many great things to improve the United States. Throughout his presidency he constantly abused his power as the president and did many things that expanded the powers of the president. One of the biggest things that President Jackson did while in office was pass the Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was when Jackson forced all the Indians to move to the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, while the Supreme Court declared this unconstitutional. Many of the Indians went peacefully, but many of the Indians also decided to protest and take it to the Supreme Court (Darrenkamp). While the court did side with the Indians Jackson and Congress forced the Indians to give up their land. The federal troops were called in to escort the Indians to their new land. Fifteen thousand Indians were forced to move and while on their way about a third of the Indians died, and this event became to be known as the Trail of Tears (Darrenkamp). Jackson had
Although Jackson was a hard money supporter, he was sensitive to his many soft money supporters, and made it clear that he would object to renewing the charter of the Bank of the United States, which was due to expire in 1836. When Jackson could not legally abolish the Bank of the United States before the expiration of its charter, he weakened it by removing the government’s deposits from the bank. Jackson fired two of his secretary of treasury when they refused to carry out the order because they believed that such an action would destabilize the financial system. Jackson got Roger Taney to carry out his order. Taney took the deposits out of the Bank of the
Andrew Jackson was probably one of the most powerful and influential presidents during his time at the white house. He was hated, yet loved by many. Jackson was an American soldier, who gained fame as a general in the U.S and served in both houses of Congress. He was soon elected the seventh president of the United States. After Jackson took charge, he wanted immediate change as to how the government was being run. For starters, he came with a new idea of voting. Allowing the common people to vote for whom they believe was the right person for the job. Before the introduction to
The second incident where Jackson stood by his solicitude for state rights was in the removal of the Indian tribes. Jackson has been associated mainly with his decision to support Georgia in its efforts to remove the Cherokee from their land, despite a Supreme Court ruling against the state. However his enthusiastic support for Indian removal was "undoubtedly one of the reasons he swept the southern states in the 1828 election" . Jackson had Native Indian policy on his mind from the beginning as he saw that Indians were subject to American sovereignty and that national security demanded they be removed. Removal to the West would increase the security of the US from outside attacks. Upon
The American Revolutionary War was now all around him and his two brothers. The effect it had on his life was devastating. He and his brothers joined the war to fight for the cause. Jackson was only thirteen years old. His brother Hugh soon died of heat stroke in Battle of Stono Ferry in 1779.
A common man is defined as having acceptance towards diversity, serving their country in several different ways and overall caring about fellow human beings. The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson expresses all these traits except the one about having tolerance towards diversity. He is considered a common man in that era but in the current era that I am in he is not. Jackson served his country through the office and in battle. He also owned slaves, and had racism towards Indians, but having slaves and disliking Indians is actually very common during this period.
Although Jackson didn’t hate the Indians, he thought that the government should treat them as wards. Wards didn't have any or much political power. Jackson also thought that white people and native wouldn't get along. Today in society many different races actually do get along and work together. Later in 1828 Georgia passed a law that gave the Cherokee Indians no legal protection if the state took their land. Giving the Indians no protection of there homes causes many problems for the Indians. If the state took their land then the Indians would have to pack up their families and move to a new place. Although today's people see it was very wrong of them, in that time Jackson must of believe that it was the right action against the Indians,
In reading Alfred A. Caves’ article, it says that Jackson violated treaties that the U.S. had with the Indians in order to remove them from their land. It says that the government “misunderstood and often times misrepresent the provisions of the law” . Many times the treaties with the Indians were not seen as actual agreement that the government didn’t have to follow and abide by what was said in the agreement. When the Indian Removal Act came along in 1830, the act made things even more complicated. One of the