How Did Andrew Jackson Stand For The Common Man

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Andrew Jackson was the seventeenth president of the United States. He was known as a hero because of how he fought in the War of 1812. Jackson was known for taking apart the National Bank and making pet banks. This seemed like a good idea to Jackson, however, this eventually led to the Panic of 1837. Despite that, he was known for being for the common man. What is the common man? It would seem to have meant any person living in the United States at the time; however, Jackson did not stand for the true common man, he stood for the white man. Jackson was a renowned hero for killing hundreds of Native Americans, which were some of the people living in the United States. During his presidency, he killed thousands more unconstitutionally. Andrew …show more content…

Andrew Jackson supposedly stood for the rights of men, however he treated men like nothing more than a vermin and livestock.The Trail of Tears is “ one of death and dying--for old men, young women, small children, and expectant mothers, all under the bayonets of white troops. The Cherokee were hunted down, herded into stockades, organized in wagon trains, and sent forth under military guard”(Gottesman). They were treated as outsiders, something to get rid of. However, the people were there a lot longer than any of the people taking their own land.This is undemocratic because they had the right as a sovereign nation to their own property Before the Trail of Tears, the Native Americans were “[taken] to enormous stockades built for [them] out in the open, which were growing very cold as November arrived. [The Native Americans] had only the clothes on [their] backs when captured, and the prison camps offered no barrier to the biting elements other than their perimeter walls and [their] own bodies (13 Dwyer). They were treated as vermin, given very little and no care shown as to whether or not they would die. Jackson is shown to be very undemocratic because he did not take into account that these are living people. He instead, acted as though they were nothing but a problem to be dealt with in his eyes. This also challenges his idea of standing for the common man. On the way to Oklahoma, it got worse, they were lied to, they were told they would take boats to the territory and given food. All that came was cold, starvation and diseases, “Cholera, measles, dysentery, tuberculosis, and other diseases we didn't have names for swept through the tribe” (15 Dwye). This led to the deaths of thousands of people, Almost a third of the original people were dead from before the stockade until when they got to Oklahoma. Most people would not allow this to happen to

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