Even having a whole age named after him, Andrew Jackson’s decisions darning his presidency caused divide between the American people; ether they commended him on his impulsive behavior or despised it. Many American’s felt this radical change of their nation as a betrayal to the goals of the Jeffersonian Republicanism. The demolition of the national bank, though Jefferson was against it, in turn destroyed trust with in the elite. The total disregard to the Supreme Court leading to the “Trail of Tears” represented un-democratic ideals.
The Bank War, problems with Indians, and slavery were all examples used in the book to depict the political climate of the time period, and how parties were transformed. The book gave an overview of the era and placed Andrew Jackson as a character within the story of the development of America, not the focal point. This perspective is insightful because it shows that while Jackson was a major contributor to the era he is not the only force that determined the course of America. Therefore, it can be said that his ideas were not solely his, but were supported by other groups, which were produced based on the political climate described in the book. However, Jackson must be held accountable for his actions since he was the one who made them, even if the majority of people within the era agreed with his decisions and
During his two terms in office, President Jackson would not only implement a series of policies that drastically expanded slavery, but he would also create a pro-slavery sentiment in America that would reverberate for many generations after his final term in office. In the first part of this essay, I will introduce the election of 1828. In the second part of this essay, I will attempt to explain why Andrew Jackson's arrival to the presidential Mansion had such a profound effect on Southern secession. The election of 1824 was a pivotal moment in American history.
In July of 1822, the Tennessee legislative nominated him for the presidency of the United States. In November 1824 election Jackson won the popular vote over John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and William H. Crawford. But since he did not gain the majority in the Electoral College, the election had to be determined in the House of Representatives. On January 9, 1825, the house chose Adams to be the next President of the United States. The fact that Jackson had won the popular vote for president, he felt that he and the people had been cheated.
In 1829, Andrew Jackson was elected to office as a Democratic Republican. He won his support from his “rag to riches” background. He rose to fame through his success in the War of 1812 through the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Jackson became the definition of what a man of modest beginnings could become. During his presidency, Jackson created a new ideology of the government, enhance the powers of the President, and protected rights for the people.
The Radical and the Republican by James Oakes Book Review James Oakes’ The Radical and the Republican is a thorough and captivating account of two of America’s most distinguished figures, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. In his intriguing and polished work, Oakes examines the issues of slavery, race, politics, and war in America during the mid-1800’s. Though both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas engendered immense social and political change throughout the Civil War era, the relationship between the two men is often neglected.
Jackson was elected in 1828 over John Quincy Adams, as he appealed to the common man and in doing so won over their vote, however, he would advocate for the common man but act in ways that often benefited the himself and the upper class. He did this all in the name of the best interests for the lower-class average citizen. His followers were known as Jacksonian Democrats. When regarding social, political, and economic matters the Jacksonian Democrats regarded themselves as “guardians of the Democracy”, this however was not the case. In reality they simply guarded their own interests as well as supported Jefferson in whatever course he chose.
In his first attempt to run for president he lost against Adams because of the electoral votes although in 1828 because of the qualification changes, more people were able to vote for him so he won. He had accused Adams of having a corrupt bargain in the election of 1824. In his early campaign he engaged in one of the most shocking displays of mudslinging. His wife had also endured many of the insults of being an adulteress and a bigamist, which Jackson later claimed caused her to have a heart attack.
“ These new strategies became a permanent part of American political life”. Andrew and Adams both took part in separating America into what it is today.(Discovering Our Past The American Journey, pg.448). Jackson influences more supporters with promises of government importance. Jackson took office but then replaced many government officials with people who supported him during his election. “ Although Jackson replaced only ten percent of the government officers he held power over, it was a high percentage compared to his processor .”.
According to Thomas P. Abernethy, Jackson was “a frontier nabob who took sides against the democratic movement in his own state…an opportunist for whom democracy was good talk with which to win the favor of the people and thereby accomplish ulterior objectives.” Different views of Jackson continued the debate about who he really was as a leader. It was not until historian Arthur Schlesinger, took a different look at the study of Jackson. He believed that Jackson’s presidency was designed to suppress the power of capitalists, and try to help those of the lower classes. Other historians continued to disagree with Schlesinger, while others supported his idea or enhanced it, saying Jackson was almost similar to a Marxist.
The time period of 1828 to 1836 was an eight year time span in which Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, serve two terms as president of the United States in which he sought to be a champion of the common man. To fully understand this time period, one must look at the the context. Before this period, the Democratic-Republicans most recently controlled the presidency under John Quincy Adam, who won the 1824 election against Jackson due to the Corrupt Bargain. This led to anger and resentment towards Adams and drastically destroyed his political party's image. In addition, beginning in the West as new states were being added their constitutions allowed for all white males to participate in voting.
Group 1: Andrew Jackson: He became a national war hero after defeating the British in New Orleans during the War of 1812. Jackson was also elected the seventh president of the United States. Andrew Jackson is significant because of his help to protect America and helped defeat the British. Andrew Jackson was a huge contributing factor of Indian removal. Trail of Tears: In 1838 and 1839, as part of Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate.
Born into a non-aristocratic poor family, somewhere in the Carolina’s on March 14, 1767, was a man named Andrew Jackson. Jackson, also called “Old Hickory” was a very bold proactive man in American history. From being a military hero and founding the democratic party to enacting the trail of tears and dismantling the of the Bank of the United States, the man and his legacy are a prominent topic for scholarly debate. Some believe he was a great president and some believe he was the worse president. But if you look at it from a moral perceptive or in the eyes of a foreigner, Jackson’s legacy was far more villainous than heroic.
The political cartoons depicting Andrew Jackson “The Rats Leaving a Falling House” and “The Spoils System” show a view of Jackson that has him as a corrupt politician. They give the image that his only goal or motivation is the gain of personal power, and that he cared little for America. These drawings depict how Jackson used the ‘Spoils System’ to make his administration during his presidency to place only loyal supporters into any offices of relevance. The first cartoon, “Rats Leaving a Fallen House” shows Jackson sitting slouched down in a bow-legged chair with a blank expression on his face. Behind Jackson are several papers of resignation from various government officials who either resigned as Jackson took office or those who
The founders of the United States did their best to create a government that would not allow erroneous decisions to greatly harm the nation. They set a percent of presidents being politically sound and well-known; their beliefs for how the nation should be handled were essential to their campaign. President Andrew Jackson, however, did not follow this system, instead winning primarily by his personality and popularity amongst the common American. While his actions in office often appeared to be for the people, most had a hidden selfish side to them that he easily covered up. With the election of 1828, Jackson radically changed American politics, focusing them more on public appearance and personal character than on intelligence and political views, making personality just as, if not more important than the actual politics of a political term.