What Was Manifest Destiny And How Did The U.s.

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What was Manifest Destiny and how did the U.S. carry it out in the first half of the 19th century?

Manifest Destiny was a widely held, but vaguely defined belief system popular by many in the United States during the nineteenth century. The belief was that expansion by the U.S. was justified and something that was inevitable throughout the American continents to achieve and protect the interests of its citizens. They also thought they had a god given mission to lead the world in a peaceful transition to democracy. During the first half of the nineteenth century, Manifest Destiny was carried out by any means necessary. Some of those include land acquisitions, war, removal of Native Americans and treaties. After the war of 1812, the
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The “American System” was beneficial for the U.S. until it wasn’t. Most average people were not fond of the “A.S.” It helped with internal improvements and increased both the speed, amount and price of goods that could be sold. Andrew Jackson and many Democrats were in opposition of the “American System” because they believed it was a neo-federalist revival hidden under the cover of the “American System.” They thought for the “A.S.” to succeed would require shifting as much power to Washington where a corrupt few could oppress the virtuous many through unjust tariffs, expensive federal commercial projects and other legislative actions. Most of the opponents of the “A.S.” were planters, farmers, mechanics, non-English white ethnic groups and first time voters who viewed Jackson as an unrefined “Natural leader.” He was portrayed as a straightforward man of action, a hero the common man could trust.

How did Andrew Jackson differ politically from prior U.S. presidents and political tradition? Why did he seem so threatening to the political establishment? What are the legacies of his actions as president and his political style broadly speaking?

Andrew Jackson differs from prior U.S. presidents and political tradition in that he did not come from an upper class or fore father family. He was from a poor family and had to earn and work his way into the upper class of society. His controversial actions while being president were heavily scrutinized and
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