Rough Draft Politicians for two hundred years have invoked the Founding Fathers to defend their beliefs. It is understandable that as a society we place figures like Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson on a pedestal, as leaders of American independence they merit that recognition. Implying though, that the Founding Fathers ideas were in unanimity with each other would be a simple and mistaken assumption. These men, while intellectual giants in their own right, found little common ground on public, economic, and social policy. Heated debates, slander, and disagreement are as defining of the construction of the country as democratic elections.
However, some people didn’t think he made the right choices for the country. A person tried to assassinate him but failed and has misfired. Andrew Jackson went against the Supreme Court and did something that wasn’t in his command. Andrew Jackson also helped people to get involved in social reform from hs choices as the first democratic
However, like many great people, their good deeds shadow their bad deeds. The article is a collection of what philosophy was about and also shows the pros and cons of his thoughts of Enlightenment. The body tries to balance the contrasting elements in Voltaire’s philosophy in contrast, source 2 which only focuses on Voltaire’s originality. For example the source (3) mentions how he enlightened many about the feudal system that oppressed them, and how there should be more interest in the people rather than the monarchy.
Afterall, actions do speak louder than words and although these Jacksonian “Democrats” had sometimes maintained their intentions, there were also multiple instances when they actually contradicted these original objectives. All things considered, Jacksonian Democrats were not the “guardians” of the Constitution but rather the epitome of an utmost failure to uphold their beliefs. These reasons include but are not limited to the support of (1) the development of a “herrenvolk democracy”, a system where minorities were disenfranchised, (2) the veto of rechartering the National bank—leading to disastrous consequences (3), and the lack of political freedom through media censorship. The darker unseen side of Jacksonian Democracy was its pro-south and pro-slavery bias, showing favoritism towards southern
I am writing this letter because I am disgusted by the way you recently talked about our current president, Andrew Jackson. You insulted the Jackson name with your irrelevant comments about his style of government. Jackson believes the United States should use a type of government called a Jacksonian Democracy. In your article, you criticized him because he is a common man, he created a Kitchen Cabinet, and he uses the spoils system. Jackson being a “common man” was something he should be praised for not criticized for.
It just expresses how much King is against war in general, just like how “Letter from Birmingham Jail” expressed how people were discriminated because of their race. Rather than it being just about how war is bad, it was also directed for certain people, including Lyndon Johnson because of being so violent and being so commanding with his people. The speech clarifies how bad war is for the poor and how useless it is to send blacks to fight in Vietnam where back where they’re from, they don’t even have the necessities to survive. He said, “In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, we chose as our motto: 'To save the soul of America.’” This shows that his opposition to the war is affirmative and that his decision is not going to change any time soon.
While there were exceptions of individuals fighting for more than equality by law for African Americans, such as John D. Baldwin who argued “a question concerning human rights” (Frederickson 379), there were racist ideals held that transcended political parties and regional affiliations alike. Radical democrats sought the most resistance with political leaders such as Representative James Brooks who preached in opposition to integration by claiming “the negro is not the equal of the white man, much less his master” (Frederickson 379). Arguments of black inferiority became based upon the false ethnology presented by Josiah Nott that physically and mentally ranked the black race below other races. Even radical republicans became contradictory in their views claiming African Americans were different due to their inability to conquer and dominate like white people had; insinuating that white domination could not be challenged. Although there was a period following the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 and 1868 in which former slaves were granted citizenship, their involvement in politics became rendered by the lack of education previously provided to slaves and inability of “withstanding the economic, political, and paramilitary opposition of the white majority” (Frederickson 382).
This tariff was established by President John Quincy Adams to help the economy in the United States. They said it violated the constitution so they nullified it. President Jackson tried to address this issue by revising the tariff, which was the Tariff of 1832, which the residents of South Carolina thought would help them, but did nothing for them. They again nullified this tariff. What President Jackson did was he made the Force Bill which stated that the president can deploy military forces into South Carolina.
After the Andrew Johnson’s resistance to reconstruction included bring Confederate states into the Union and letting the African American men vote. Under his held ideals of “white suffrage”. It pitted him in opposition against Congress; thus, his stubborn stance against Reconstruction is the real reason that lead to his impeachment hearing under the Tenure of Office Act of 1867, which is a federal law that passed by congress to restrict the power of the President remove people from office without the approval of the Senate, when he removed Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton from his office. Reconstruction was the period following the Civil War, when the states of the Confederacy where the government controlled bringing them back into the union and gave rights to African Americans in the process. White suffrage simply meant: only white males could vote.
“Buchanan, a Democrat who was morally opposed to slavery but believed it was protected by the U.S. Constitution, was elected”( Source #5)This quote explains how another president had the same mindset of Abraham but still couldn't officially end slavery. ”Taylor entered the White House at a time when the issue of slavery and its extension into the new western territories (including Texas) had caused a major rift between the North and South”(Source #7). This quote quote explains how other presidents made slavery worst. Although having different ideas than other presidents Abrahams’ assassination was unjustified because other American presidents did not make much changes or just made it worst. While Abraham Lincoln made on of the most important decisions by freeing the slaves.
Andrew Jackson’s presidency is one of the more debated presidencies in American history. Many see him as a hero while others view him as opposite. Depending on which history book is read, portrayals of him are sometimes of “the common man,” who attacked a political system that ignored the will of the common citizens. Other texts would portray Jackson as tyrant, one who disrespected many of the institutions outlined in the Constitution. He is usually celebrated by some because he defended the rights of the common people.
The American nation as forewarned by President Washington was not destined to have two fraction but with the two paths coming about it was inevitable and their came Alexander’s Hamilton who represented the Federalists and Thomas Jefferson leading the Democratic-republicans. The Federalists were mostly bankers, merchants, manufacturers, and bankers; they were well educated and were from the New England and part of the coast. The republican were uneducated and mostly shopkeepers, artisan, backcountry farmers from the interior regions. The federalist wanted a strong central government that would control faction; this group thought of the public as ignorant and incapable of governing themselves.
After he was re-elected, Jackson’s vice president disagreed with Jackson that South Carolina could have the power to secede from the Union. “President Jackson was a strong believer in the states’ rights to determine their own laws. He did not, however, believe that the states had the right to threaten the existence of the Union” (Osinski, 77) This led to the resignation of Vice President Calhoun. Being the first vice president to resign from office (biography.com).
Thus causing even more conflict, especially amongst those not in the South. Another controversial issue was federalism because Marshall gave the national government a vast amount of power over state 's rights, and Taney believed more in giving power to the state rather than the national government. In addition, this is when outside groups started forming and lobbying their influence over government decisions, whether it is pertaining to slavery, rights, or economic interests. James Madison regarded “factions” or interest groups with concern when authoring segments of the Federalist Papers. The problem he envisioned was that eliminating them from the political scene was a threat to democratic principles, a cure worse than the disease.
The Radical Republicans opposed Lincoln 's plan, as they thought it too lenient toward the South. Radical Republicans believed that Lincoln 's plan for Reconstruction was not harsh enough because, from their point of view, the South was guilty of starting the war and the South deserved to be punished for starting the war. Radical Republicans hoped to control the Reconstruction process, transform southern society, disband the planter aristocracy, redistribute land, develop industry, and guarantee civil liberties for former slaves. Although the Radical Republicans were the minority party in Congress, they managed to sway many moderates in the postwar years and came to dominate Congress in later sessions. In the summer of 1864, the Radical Republicans passed a new bill to counter the plan, known as the Wade–Davis Bill.