As stated in the Articles of Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, he “did unlawfully, and in violation of the Constitution and laws of the United States, issue and order in writing for the removal of Edwin M. Stanton from the office of Secretary for the Department of War” (citation). This statement reveals how Johnson fired Edwin M. Stanton, who was his only secretary at the time, and replaced him. This is a violation of the law wether it happened once or more and a president should not have excuses when it comes to breaking the law. This contrasting view also believes it was reasonable because Johnson thought that if he did not fire him, it would have been unconstitutional. Later in history, Congress repealed the act which he broke.
One of the consequences of Manifest Destiny was the Mexican-American War. Following the ideology of Manifest Destiny, Texas was annexed into the United States in 1845, creating tensions with the Mexican government. While the annexation of Texas had great benefits for America, from the Mexican point of view it caused many issues legally and threatened national security (Document C). In pursuit of the grand ambitions of Manifest Destiny, President Polk and many Americans forgot to consider the consequences of achieving their ultimate goal of controlling the whole of North America. While before the United States had supported the independent countries, such as Mexico, that had broken free of Spanish rule, during this time period America lost sight of their ideals and made
Before Jefferson entered the presidential office he was a states rights supporter and when the tax on whiskey was placed he opposed it, saying “The first error was to admit it by the Constitution.” (Doc A). He didn’t like the constitution because of the fact that it would make central government stronger. When the alien act was passed he was opposed to it and said that the central government should only have a set of specific purposes and the leftover purposes should be left to the states individually. (Doc B) Determining the amount of time it takes to be a citizen, and the ability to jail people opposing the government was too much power to Jefferson. When he came into office he realized the necessity for more central power and took more matters into his own hands, he had become a loose constructionist.
Jefferson, for example, switched from his strict-constructionist proclivities towards a looser constitutional interpretation involving the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. While there was nothing explicitly stated in the constitution about territorial acquisition, Jefferson accepted the deal for the good of the country. He also initiated the Embargo Act of 1807, which harmed the agriculture, mainly in the South. This goes against the Jeffersonian ideals, which value the agrarian republic over private enterprise and manufacturing. The anger in the South is demonstrated in Isaac Cruikshank “The Happy Effects of that Grand System of Shutting Ports Against the English” in which the people portrayed complained of “warehouses [that] are full” and “goods [that] are spoiling” (Doc.
In the first section of the document Jefferson asserts “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them,” in this quote Jefferson clearly voices that it’s time for the colonies to “dissolve the political bands” from the motherland that has both spoonfed and disciplined them. His justification for this is provided when he establishes that they have the natural born rights from the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them,” which King George III has outright deprived from
So how was a major figure in the American Revolution? Well, in the events that led to the Revolution he took a major stance, most famously in his criticism of George III after the Stamp Act got approved. He opposed the prices forced by the Townshend Acts and the British attempt to collect them by using the Royal Navy
Despite the unpopularity of his 1807 Embargo Act,he was followed in the presidency by his hand-picked successor James Madison. Francis Scott Key- american lawyer detained by the British who, after seeing the american flag remain atop fort Mchenry during its nighttime bombardment in 1814 was inspired to write the star-spangled banner.Thomas
Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, theatrically said in 1891 that “progress has been made” because of “disobedience and... rebellion.” Furthermore, Wilde argues that disobedience is man's original virtue. Disobedience of law led to the American Revolution, desegregation, and improved civil rights across the board, proving that Wilde is correct. However, Wilde's claim ignores disobedience or the law that is regressive and detrimental to the health of the public, such as the Confederacy seceding for slavery, school districts that refused to desegregate, shootings that kill dozens of people. Additionally, in early human life, obedience was important for survival, leading me to believe that disobedience is “man's original virtue” if motivated by greed,
But, “everything”, still was not presented to them. Hope was being lost, once proud people, now thought to themselves that they were cursed. To draft Indians and not call them, “The First American Citizen,” (Page 126) is very clearly disrespectful and dehumanizing. Wassaja wanted these words spoken to the “Washington father”, to spark some sort of fire. Hoping to show proof that the Native American deserved to be an American equal.
In 1898, Moorfield Storey projected his opinions about the rights of foreigners while attempting to expand the United States territory into the Philippine Islands. Moorefield stated that it was wrong to kill the natives of the foreign land because the government would be depriving them of natural rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Abraham Lincoln added his opinion that only “Anglo-Saxon white men” were allowed these freedoms (Document F). Homosexuals have also been underprivileged when it comes to their rights. (Document I).
George Washington’s presidency did couple key things. First, it established the unwritten rule that a President was only supposed to serve two terms in office. This unwritten rule was only ever broken by Franklin Roosevelt during WW II, and it later became an Amendment to the Constitution. Second, Washington talked at great length about isolationism in his farewell address, specifically citing that America should avoid foreign entanglements in Europe. The Louisiana Purchase was technically, according to some, an unconstitutional act committed by President Thomas Jefferson.
In Jackson’s time as general, he was part of the Burr conspiracy, which almost ruined his entire military career. Aaron Burr was the vice-president for President Thomas Jefferson. Burr said he had a plan to make the Spanish go to the Southwest, away from the American frontier. However, Jackson was a nationalist and did not care for international law. Therefore, Jackson turned down Burr’s plan.
They ruled that as a slave Scott was not recognized in the constitution as a citizen thus was not allowed freedoms. But not only that but the Missouri compromise was “unconstitutional” this choice, which Buchanan did support (going against his campaign) only a little. But the effect that follows was swift, quick, and raw. As soon as the choice was made to allow white suppression, Abolitionists rose to the sky like the flames of a wildfire. They claimed the Supreme Court was acting in a “holy war”, thus vowing to disobey it.
From the nation 's earliest days, Congress has struggled with the elemental issue of the national government 's correct role in fostering economic development. Henry Clay 's "American System," devised within the burst of nationalism that followed the War of 1812, remains one in all the foremost traditionally important samples of a government-sponsored program to harmonize and balance the nation 's agriculture, commerce, and business. Anglo-American Accords wherever series of agreements reached within the British-American Convention of 1818 that fastened the western boundary between the U.S. and North American nation at the forty ninth Parallel, allowed for the joint occupation of the Beaver State Country, and renovated yankee fishing rights
“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine,” he said, “is the momentous issue of civil war.” That sentence epitomizes Abraham Lincoln’s entire approach to the issue of secession. He considered it a constitutional impossibility, and would never officially concede that it had been successfully accomplished. That’s why, when he directly addressed citizens of the states that three weeks before had installed Jefferson Davis as president of what they claimed to be a separate nation, Lincoln still spoke of them as “my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen.” I think that the speech of Abraham Lincoln is more appealing as he did not considered the South as his