Liberty And Power Analysis

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The story Liberty and Power by Harry Watson has a main idea obviously about the era of Andrew Jackson, but more specifically the novel circled around the constitution and the rechartering of the Bank of the United States. The text also touches bases on the political parties and issues that arouse. Hill and Wang publishing company that is located in New York, New York published Watson’s book in 2006. Liberty and Power is a very intuitive perspective of the political thinking and configuration of the Jacksonian era. Watson’s examination is based upon the earlier view of republicanism, a somewhat vague perception with wide-ranging interpretations and propositions. The different political groups of the time declared that they are all ‘republicans,’…show more content…
He challenged that giving charters for banks and/or corporations and favoring the financial interests of the social elite vs. another, is in straight violation of the equal liberty beliefs of republicanism. The most significant undertaking, perhaps, of Jackson’s presidency would be when the Jacksonians started a controversial war against the United States Bank, which is ran by Nicholas Biddle and is the sole depository of federal funds. This took place throughout his entire presidency. His veto on the United States Bank rechartering, his transfer of federal funds to his favorite state banks, and his persistence of special payments for federal lands had there unintentional results of creating financial rollercoaster in the absence of the policies of the United States Bank, the ramifications of which weren’t fully realized until after he left…show more content…
Jackson 's presidential activism was resulting not only from his superior self-confidence and personal charisma, but was also based on his contention that he was the most legitimate representative of the people, having been elected nation-wide, and therefore by definition was allowed to operate with few restrictions. Once he assumed office, he took the unprecedented measures of removing out a significant percentage of well-established bureaucrats and replaced them with some of his supporters, with party strengthening implications for the smaller Democratic Party. Toward the end of his first term he completely replaced his cabinet. People in opposition of Jackson thought of his behavior as tyrannical authority. Jackson 's era is frequently viewed as the age of democracy. There is no doubt that he favored the ordinary man, over the few, elitist. Consistent with that view is Jackson 's obsession with relocating Indians and growing the nation. He sought cheap land for those wishing to establish a homestead, as well as the expansion of the Southern plantation system. Clay advocated for high land prices to gain revenue for improvements within the country and were at best lukewarm supporters of
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