Jacksonian Era

Jacksonian Era - creation of state-sponsored “pet...

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Democracy at All Costs Despite his occasional disregard for the Constitution, Andrew Jackson should be heralded for his commitment to expanding democracy. During his administration he successfully shut down the national bank and forced the Indians to move westward. Following John Marshall’s ruling in McCulloch v. Maryland , bank president Nicholas Biddle requested a recharter of the Second National Bank (BUS) be created. With the next presidential election on the horizon, Jackson faced a tough decision: sign the recharter bill or veto it. He opted for the latter and suggested all future bills be brought to him for prior approval, an action deemed incendiary by many of his republican peers who viewed this as a “manifesto of anarchy”(37). Jackson, believing the President “was the direct representative of all the people,” (37) can only be faulted for trying to protect the voice of the common man. His efforts led to the collapse of the BUS and the
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Unformatted text preview: creation of state-sponsored “pet banks” that could not be controlled by the government. In his search for equality, Jackson often overlooked blacks, women, and Indians; at that time equality primarily referred to “white males over the age of twenty-one” (31). Although executed somewhat underhandedly, “Jackson felt justified” (46) in convincing the Indians to cede large plots of land because he knew that Indian removal would help to protect his country, as well as the Indians. Their exodus from the fertile lands of Alabama and Georgia allowed for settlement by more voting-qualified white males, and thus a larger and more democratic population. Andrew Jackson should be reputed as a true hero of democracy. His solutions may not have always been the most ethical, but the ends truly justified the means....
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Hatfield during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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