Jacksonian Democracy DBQ

Jacksonian Democracy DBQ - The Inaccuracy of Jacksonians...

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The Inaccuracy of Jacksonians’ Personal Perceptions In the days after the War of 1812, an increased emphasis was placed on the importance of democratic rights. This ultimately led to a social movement in the 1820’s and 1830’s which defined the era, known as Jacksonian Democracy. This movement was centered about the views of idealistic men who were largely concerned with protecting the rights of the many from the obstruction of the few. These men placed great importance on the law and perceived themselves as the upholders of the Constitution, ant the protectors of personal freedoms, and equal economic opportunity. Although this self image was often accurate, however, there were many instances in which their actions faltered from their self perceptions, especially in their treatment of minorities and women. Under the Jackson administration, many efforts were made to enhance the status of the white man, particularly the white farmer. One of Jackson’s main attempts at this was in dismantling the National Bank. As stated in his veto message, in Document F, he felt that the National Bank gave too much power to the wealthy businessmen of the Northeast while the poor farmers of the South and West lived in poverty. Therefore, with his loyalty to the common white man, he attempted to abolish the bank. It is indisputable that Jacksonians had at heart the interests of their fellow white man and that they firmly believed in enhancing his state in society. However, these sentiments of equality in opportunities and personal rights did not transcend the borders of race or sex. As depicted by the solemn atmosphere of Document G, the Native American peoples were not subject to the same personal liberties that they were so adamant to preserve. As the US continued to expand its
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