Age of Jackson

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Preeti Singh The Age of Jackson Andrew Jackson is sometimes called the first modern president. Discuss the goals that Andrew Jackson pursued during his presidency and the opposition to his program. Why do we find Jackson Amodern@ and how useful is this characterization? In order to portray Andrew Jackson as the first modern president we need to compare him to Alexander Hamilton. 1. Strange Bedfellows in the Making of the Republic Alexander Hamilton is responsible for the survival of the constitution and the effectiveness of this frame of government. He wetted the affection of regional elite to the federal government by selling them the national debt. By providing them with a government that promoted their interest and secured their property rights. He promotes the common wealth. While this is a necessary pre-requisite of the flourishing of this new republic, it is not adequate. They need more than that. a) Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton, was a man without a country that embraced the American nationalism. The man from cosmopolitan New York and he were reared in a county house. Hamilton was unique among the founding fathers in that he was an outsider, "The Scotch Peddler's Bastard," who, lacking roots in one of the strong regional cultures of British North America, was capable of complete allegiance to the New Nation. Hamilton developed a brilliant and successful plan to guarantee the allegiance of regional elites and all men of property to the federal government through the creation of a national debt. b) Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson, the other central figure in the creation of our Republic, was a very different character, a Scotch-Irish border captain who personified the culture of the frontier. In contrast to the cosmopolitan Hamilton, he was barely literate and deeply suspicious of the new forms of property and of the institutions essential to capitalist development. 2c18d92f2f6826debb43395ab109659c5c3484c1.doc- 1 -
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Preeti Singh Jackson championed the Jeffersonian ideal of "an empire for liberty" based upon endless reproduction of self-sufficient farm families. Like Jefferson, he was a slave- owner. Unlike Jefferson, he never expressed any ambivalence about the American racial caste system, yet he is remembered, correctly, as the champion of "the common [white] man." He was also the ferocious enemy of the rights of Native Americans. How could two men so different as Hamilton and Jackson both be key players in the evolution of American democracy? 2. Two Nations Developing in the New Republic Both Hamilton and Jackson were needed in the evolution of American democracy because of t he profound differences among white men of property . In a sense there were two nations developing , one was the market-minded, future-oriented Yankee Nation bent on "internal improvement" and economic development . The other was the butternut, Zeke Patriarch culture of family farmers who sought cheap land and feared debt and taxes. Family farmers were joined in their suspicion of government and
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course HISTORY 104 taught by Professor Reed during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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