Essay On Theodore Roosevelt Vs Andrew Jackson

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The role of the President of the United States of America is defined by those who have held the office. The vagueness of the Constitution has allowed the power of the office to grow and shrink with the personal differences of the men who have held the position. The presidency is not just effected by those who hold the position, the institutional environment and the society of the time also take a massive role in determining the power and effectiveness of the presidency. Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson are two of the most influential presidents because they were adored by the people. Roosevelt and Jackson both stretched the power of the presidency in ways that were never envisioned by the framers of the constitution. Andrew Jackson rose to the office in an unprecedented way, unlike all his predecessors Jackson did not work in national politics and had very little experience with the legislative branch of government. Andrew Jackson instead rose to the national spotlight as the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Jackson’s status as a national hero combined with his self-made man image helped him establish a connection with the American people in a way no other president had previously done. Andrew Jackson was elected after political reforms in the 1830s that changed…show more content…
The convention cited the nullification doctrine, which stated “a state could declare any federal law that it deemed unconstitutional to be inapplicable within its borders.” (pg 128 blue book). President Jackson responded by rejecting the South Carolinians’ argument making federal law impervious to state government actions and resting the responsibility to defend and maintain the Union in the executive branch. Abraham Lincoln would later invoke this action to fight the Civil War against the rebelling
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