Dbq Essay On Andrew Jackson In The 1790s

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Elieth Serrano-Ortega
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Essay #4 due November 14, 2015

In the 1790s, Andrew Jackson briefly served in Congress advocating the interests of western farmers and merchants who desired free access to the Mississippi River. Once he returned to his private life, he was drawn back to public service for the War of 1812. The Battle of New Orleans earned Jackson nationwide glorification for his role. However, Jackson stayed out of politics, spending most of his time thinking about the perceived insults and mistreatment in connection with his unauthorized ventures in Florida. What returned Andrew Jackson to the national spotlight was an unusual set of political circumstances. As the final term for Monroe approached, no obvious heir …show more content…

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