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Jacksonian Democrats DBQ After the Era of Good Feeling¶s developments in agriculture, commerce and industry settled in America, a shift of power from the elite into the middle and lower classes began in the 1820¶s and 1830¶s. This was emphasized with the rise of the Jacksonian Democrats who viewed themselves as guardians of the Constitution claiming to uphold the policies of political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. However, although they sometimes implemented actions that helped our country and enforced their personal view of themselves, many times they only supported their own sectional issues. Andrew Jackson was a well-known hero of the War of 1812 with his great victory in the Battle of New Orleans. This provided him with a large amount of popularity which allowed him to win the election of 1828. He was a rough, ambitious man, who was born of humble origins and rose to become a wealthy planter and slaveholder. These qualities are what made him a president of the common man. Yet, many actions that he took during the presidency did not reflect his role as ³president of the common man´. One ruling by the Jacksonian Democrats which caused major conflicts in the U.S. was the adoption of the gag rule. In 1836, a civil rights confrontation developed in Congress. Abolitionists were exercising their right to petition Congress in order to abolish slave trade and slavery in the District of Columbia (Doc. F). Since the district was under federal rule, states¶-rights arguments against interfering with slavery did not apply there. Congress responded in 1836 by adopting the gag rule which tabled abolitionist petitions, effectively preventing debate on the arguments. Also, the constitutionality of the National Bank was called into question by Jackson. In 1832, he vetoed the bill to recharter the Bank of the United States, claiming that it held a monopoly and was also unconstitutional (Doc.

In the early 1830¶s Chief Justice John Marshall made two rulings in Cherokee Nation v. the era of the Jacksonian Democrats provided both great positive and negative change in our country. which was a more optimistic party than that of the democrats and was influenced with Daniel Webster¶s reply to Jackson¶s veto message (Doc. especially those who were minorities. in the Removal Act of 1830. G). there were many times in which much of the country seemed to be at peace (Doc. C) Finally. D). the Jacksonian Democrats were able to make several changes as well. Daniel Webster wrote a letter to Jackson. B). A).Eduardo Aranda 10-27-09 3rd Pd. Georgia and in Worcester v. Jackson was determined to remove the Cherokee at all costs and ignored the Supreme Court¶s ruling. The country changed drastically as more and more white men gained this right by being American citizens and owning land (Doc. In conclusion. Jacksonian Democrats did not do a very good job of keeping proper protection of peoples¶ individual rights. C). Although they sometimes implemented actions that helped our . Georgia which defined the rights of the Indian nation in regards to the Constitution and declared that they could not be removed from their lands to Indian territories across the Mississippi River. During Jackson¶s presidency there was also the creation of the Whig political party. accusing him of gaining too much power and pitting the poor and wealthy classes against each other with this veto (Doc. when in reality there were riots and violence being acted against groups such as African Americans and Irish immigrants (Doc. Congress provided the funds which Jackson needed to negotiate new treaties and resettle the tribes (Doc. They were able to increase participation in elections and expand the right to vote. The working class also made a large influence to the government with the Working Men¶s Declaration of Independence which declared that they also had unalienable rights like other citizens (Doc. E). Politically. D). Also throughout the 1830¶s.

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