Andrew Jackson was not a good president. He was known as a champion of common men, founder of the Democratic Party, and savior of the Union. Despite these claims he was also single-handedly responsible for the displacement of an entire people, national depression and the creation of controversial federal hiring policy. These actions overshadow his presidency but his role in holding the United States together when South Carolina threatened secession was viewed as an important contribution. Born in 1776 in Davidson County, Tennessee, he was the first self made man to become president.
Once president Andrew Jackson wielded the executive power of the veto, which he used to excess. The twelve vetoes that were used during his reign overrode congress, the body of elected officials. The representatives of the states are suppose to be the consensus of the people. When Andrew Jackson, a single person refuses the congress's legislation it hinders democracy as less opinions are heard. In Jackson’s head the congressmen are just career politicians disconnected from the american people.
In the journal article “ Andrew Jackson versus the Historians”, author Charles G. Sellers explained the various interpretations of Jackson, from the viewpoint of Whig historians and Progressive Historians. These interpretations were based on the policies of Jackson. The Whig historians viewed the former president in a negative way. They considered him arrogant, ignorant, and not fit for being president. Sellers pointed out that it was not just because of “Jackson’s personality…nor was it the general policies he pursued as president”
A king is undemocratic because he has all the power in an autocratic government and so this title shows that Jackson was using too much power. He also often went against the advice of Congress, and one example of this is the Bank War. Congress agreed that the bank was constitutional and members of Congress and his cabinet advised him not to veto the bank charter, but he ignored them and made the decision to do it anyway. The autocratic nature of his decision-making overall gave him too much influence and decreased representation by limiting the number of people involved in making
After 1938, Republicans took over the Senate, and FDR was not able to get any more New Deal legislation through. State governments opposed the New Deal, saying that the Federal government was taking their powers. The supreme court ruled that the NRA codes of employers’ conduct, and the AAA programmer were illegal because they took away the States powers. Because of this in 1937, FDR had threatened to force old Supreme Court judges to retire and to create new ones the crisis was averted when the Supreme Court reversed its decisions.
This is also clearly not true, as it has been proven that McCarthy accused others to gain political power. For example, McCarthy’s downfall was caused when he clashed with the army. Roberts claims that “McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy M. Cohn, were accused of improperly using their influence to get preferential assignments for… David Schine, who had been drafted into the military.” (3). To sum this up, those who supported McCarthy had few rebuttals in regards to the turmoil he created in America.
His personal feud with Vice President Calhoun over nullification, tariffs, and gossip. In addition his misuse of presidential powers by destroying the Bank of the United States. In my opinion Andrew Jackson should be removed from the twenty dollar bill, because of the corruption and misuse of powers throughout his presidency.
In keeping with the principle, Jackson tried to abolish the College Electors (those who choose the president) by Constitutional amendment.” This quote shows President Jackson’s heroism in fighting for the people to have the power to elect their president directly. Many people would disagree and say Andrew Jackson is a villain, he did do things that were frowned upon. Probably the most negative thing is the Indian Removal Act.
He writes that when William F. Buckley of The National Review wrote a piece condemning the Society and asking Welch to step down, he still needed to assert that “Many decent people belonged to the Society” and that it was controlled by a “lunatic fringe,” but even then Buckley still faced pushback from many conservatives. Mulloy depicts the Goldwater campaign as being the highpoint of the Society’s influence in politics. He states that, “a major problem facing Goldwater was that he was strongly identified with both the radical Right in general and the John Birch Society in particular.” Yet, he argues that Goldwater was afraid to distance himself from radical elements, such as the Birch Society, because of their influence.
There was no emotion in his speech. It gives a bad impression as every words he was saying made him lose his credibility before the Americans. As a president, he should have made the Americans trust him. He was considered to be the focal point of the presidential campaign by saying horrific, inflammatory and derogatory things on immigrants, women and minorities. All these feelings towards their president may make the voters angry and dissatisfied.
The rest of Congress started not to later in his tenure and he became the first president to have a veto overridden on him with ⅔ vote from Congress. Also there were two really bloody riots in the south that involved slavery, putting a bad stamp on Johnson. Congress put several laws on the President that would get him impeached if he violated any of them and when he violated the Tenure of Office Act he became the first president to get impeached. Because he had to work with radical Republicans in Congress Johnson never got his way when it came to trying to help the country improve from the Civil
Secretary Calhoun recognized this, and in a warning to Secretary Adams, he said,“there was a mass disaffection to the government, not concentrated in any particular direction, but ready to seize upon any event and look out anywhere for a leader” (Sellers 172). American were disenchanted with political elites and were seeking a new direction. The older established politicians were seen as elitist. They “viewed themselves as an elite that monopolized the ability to govern wisely, they were resentful of the democratization of American politics” (??? 202).
The concept of the Reconstruction was a “second founding” of the nation is based on the results of the Reconstruction. David Blight states in his lecture that the Reconstruction represented “… great change, great experimentation, change…” and the leadership “… rewrote the country you live in.” What evidence is there to support Blight’s argument? Foner’s A Short History of the Reconstruction provides some evidence.
The 17th President of the US was Andrew Johnson. He became President just about six weeks after being appointed Vice President, the only other higher position he held was a Senator for Tennessee, so, Johnson came into office with very little experience. He became President so fast because just about six weeks after being appointed President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Johnson had a very difficult Presidency which ultimately led to him being the first US President to be impeached. Throughout the majority of Johnson’s Presidency he and Congress were butting heads.
The time of reconstruction occurred right after the years of the Civil War. With the recent assassination of America's beloved president, Abraham Lincoln, the nation realized how important it was to start from the bottom. Lincoln had many ideas about how to restore the United States after the tragedy known as the Civil War. However, the scandals of that time were hardly what he had hoped for. Instead, the scandals got out of hand and America went into turmoil.