Writing Assignment: Andrew Jackson

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In an essay of at least 500 words, describe why President Andrew Jackson was considered a man of the people. Your essay should include information regarding his background and character. Be sure to cite specific examples.

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Apr 23rd, 2015

Why President Andrew Jackson was considered a man of the people ?

Because he was the first person from the West (Nashville, Tennessee) to be elected a member of the senate and later a president of United States, and also because he was a war hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812 against British. He also destroyed the charter of the Bank of the United States by abusing his veto power. But the reason the people consider him a "man of the people" is because he granted his supporters, friends, and illiterate farmers (who made up 90% of the population back then) with public office just so he could win their support. I don't much consider him a man of the people, more like a person who violated the constitution and people's rights many times. In the case of Maryland v Mcculoch the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the National Bank was constitutional, regardless of any laws, "King Andrew I" ruled the country the way he saw fit. He is, in my opinion, one of the worst presidents of America. Whereas Thomas Jefferson is one of the greatest. Thomas Jefferson is the author of Declaration of Independence, Virginia Statue of Religious Freedom, and founder of University of Virginia.

Andrew jackson resigned from the Senate so he could run for the election of presidency. on Which task he failed miserably in the first election against Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams in 1824, known as the "corrupt bargain" by the Jacksonians since Andrew Jackson was so unpopular among the politicians, Henry Clay who had no chance of winning and was a member of the senate threw his support at John Quincy Adams and he became President and when he did he made Henry Clay his Secretary of State which was a VERY important position in government office back then. Andrew Jackson eventually became the President of United States.

Andrew Jackson is a demagogue because:

1. He lied to the nation by saying John Adams procured an American prostitute for the Russia tzar on his trip there as an envoy.
2. He violated the constitution by over-riding supreme court's decision not to throw out the cherookee from Georgia
3. He had no concern for Human rights hence throwing out all the Cherookee tribes from Georgia and saying "they are not really a nation" and they are "savages".
4. He destroyed the national bank for personal issues he was quoted as saying "The Bank is trying to kill me but I will kill it"
5. He was not popular among other politicians he was only famous for the battle of New Orleans, first time he ran for presidency he lost to John Quincy Adams and the election was thrown in the House of Representatives and John Clay and nearly all other politicians threw their support for John Quincy Adams.

6. Even Thomas Jefferson, the author of declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statue of religious freedom and one of the most influential of founding fathers to date said "He is the most unfit man to be the president"

7. The so-called Jacksonian Revolution created more wealthy Jacksonians than the ones they disposed.

8. The "spoils system" which he introduced eliminated all the seasoned and experienced politicians and replaced them with illiterate farmers who had no political experience whatsoever just so he could gain their support (farmers made up 90% of the population) or he rewarded these offices to his friends who had supported his campaign.

 Andrew Jackson and his policies strengthened the new American
nationalism. Through his actions during his presidency, he changed the nation into a more nationalistic country. Jackson was a man of the people, and he strongly felt that the common man was the power behind government. There were many different aspects that mirrored Jackson and American nationalism. Many factors, including his personality, his policies, his actions, and the way he mirrored American nationalism changed America into what become less of an aristocracy and more of a democracy to benefit the common man.

 Jackson was a man of humble background. In his time, a man that was born in a cabin was looked upon highly, and some of those with more noble upbringings actually apologized for not being born in more humble surroundings. Jackson was a brash, strong-willed man. He first got his fame in 1815 when he defeated the British Army at New Orleans with his untrained militia. Then in 1818, he violated Spanish territory without any authorization and hung two Spanish subjects for supposedly aiding some of the Indians that were being hunted. He lost the election for presidency in 1824, and claimed it was done so by a "corrupt bargain: between Adams and Clay. He finally got his presidency in 1828. Most of his votes came from the West and South. When he was in office, he made it clear that he would get his way. He was labeled "King Jackson the First" by some and he expanded the power of the President. He supported a strong national government and used his power to get what he wanted. He vetoed 12 times in his 2 terms in office. His presidency was one of violence, and a sort of monarchy rule.

 The second main point that Jackson strengthened nationalism is his policies while in office. Jackson firmly believed that the
government should be restricted to become the "simple machine which
the Constitution created". He was truly a man of the people. He also
ignored many of the decisions made by the Supreme Court. Another thing was the Jackson had a strong personality and was well liked. However, I feel that many of Jackson's supporters didn't know where he stood on the views, but they supported him because he was a man of the people. He didn't make his view clear many times, but still received support from the people. Violence was a thing that he used also to get his way. A person was either for him or against him. Jackson usually implemented what he wanted personally, not what was good for the people. For example he was a slave owner, and he supported the ban of antislavery pamphlets in the mail. Jackson's policies caused the rise of American nationalism and the strength of the office of the President of the United States of America.

 Many of the actions took by Jackson reinforced the new
Jeffersonian Democracy. His actions were those of a strong President
and a strong national government. They all were part of the rise of
American nationalism. He vetoed bills he did not like, he threatened
using national troops in South Carolina to enforce the tariff, and
many others. His actions however were also not always consistent. He
seemed to support a strong national government, but also was a states' rights champion too when he didn't interfere when Georgia violated the Native Americans rights laid down by a federal treaty. One of his biggest actions however was the veto of the Second Bank of the United States. This awarded honest labor, and was a great setback for monopoly and aristocracism. Jackson took actions to try to benefit the common man, and strengthened American nationalism.

 Jackson's presidency mirrored American nationalism. American
nationalism was growing, and the aristocracy was dying out. He was a
common man, and stood up for the common people. His actions were all
to push for a government that acted within the limits of the
Constitution. That is showing nationalism by only allowing the
government to do what the people have given it power to do. He also
did what was in his power to better the common man in the economy. He
did not like the National Bank because it hurt the common man, and
strengthened the aristocrats and corporations. His actions were what
became known as Jacksonian Democracy, and raised the American
Nationalism.

 Jackson's time in office raised the American nationalism in
many different ways. Jackson was the first true president of the
common people, and he acted accordingly. Jackson believed in a strong, but limited national government, and he used it to benefit the common man because he was too a common man. Throughout his presidency, he took many actions that led to the strengthening of American nationalism. He strengthened the presidential powers and the power of the people also.

Source:-

http://millercenter.org/president/jackson/essays/biography/print

http://www.123helpme.com/search.asp?text=Andrew+Jackson


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