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Wood January 28, 2013 How Democratic Was Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was a great democratic leader and as his nickname, Old Hickory, implies, he was as tough as hickory. Jackson grew up in a log cabin on the frontier with his mother and brother. His humble beginnings gave him the mindset later for his democratic political views. In his later years, Jackson was a leader of the U.S. army against the British and his toughness and attitude during the war earned him the nickname Old Hickory. After the war, he became involved with politics and decided to run for president. At the same time, the ways by which one could vote and how much say people had was changing from the old ways when only the higher class land owners and legislature voted for president to the new ways where the people, white men, could vote (Doc.A). Jackson, the favorite of the everyday people, became a very popular candidate his first time running for office and had it not been for the corrupt bargain between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay, Jackson might have won the first time. After his loss, Jackson began campaigning for the next term right away and gained favor in all western and southern states. He won the next election. During his presidency, Jackson did many important things, most clearly labeled him as democratic but some decisions made people question whether he truly was democratic or if he was becoming more of a king as his enemies depicted him (Doc. E). Jackson believed in speaking for the people and took action in trying to improve voting, change the corrupt banking system, and manage Indian and white relations.

This method gave no voice to the average working man and therefore did not allow them to present issues they had. “The people believed they had been saved from some danger and roared out „The people shall rule!‟” They believed Jackson was the leader for the people and they were ready to “Take control of the government: their government. F). Jackson‟s beliefs are stronger about the situation and he expresses his “Idea that all offices . almost a monopoly of the foreign and domestic exchange. the legislature would be the ones electing the electors for the candidate of their choice. The bank had very little regulations and could do practically whatever they wanted to with the money.” Document C is a letter from Jackson before he was president talking about his views on how the land ownership qualifications for voting should be done away with and “All freemen of six months residence should be entitled to a vote.” The Bank of the United States during Jackson‟s presidency proposed a charter and requested it from Jackson. . or with the constitution of the country (Doc. Whenever a president or political figure was running for office.whether appointed or elected .” Later. knowing that it would be unprecedented for him to veto the charter. Document B describes Jackson‟s inaugural at which Daniel Webster describes the people‟s reactions. Jackson also said that the bank enjoys an exclusive privilege of banking. Jackson did veto the charter explaining that he did not see any of those modifications of the bank charter necessary to make it compatible with justice. sound policy. as noted in Document D. By the time Jackson was elected this had changed slightly but Jackson wanted to push harder for mass democracy in more than just presidential elections. To the banks utter shock. When Jackson vetoed the charter many people thought it was unconstitutional and the act of a monarch.Voting was a very big issue at the time of Jackson‟s presidency and even for some time before it. Voting was originally done by the elite land owners and the legislature.must ultimately fall under the absolute control of the people.

an early supporter of Jackson unlike Van Buren. Instead of trying to do the impossible and please everyone. Document I shows Jackson‟s flaw in the appointment of the collector of the Port of New York. However. This was a huge embarrassment for Jackson and many thought him undemocratic for not listening to Van Buren and making the decision by himself. Daniel Webster tries to accuse Jackson of turning the poor against the rich and attacking whole classes for the purpose of turning against them the prejudices and resentments of the other classes (Doc.222. is what every political figure should want but there is one problem: it is impossible to please everybody.but from the explanation we see in document F it seems that he was doing what was better for the people by keeping their money from being used for personal gain of the wealthy owners of the bank. Some $15 million annually passed through the collector‟s hand and the position needed someone of high integrity. strongly warned him not to since Swartwout had high criminal tendencies and the Regency detested him. This was causing many of the Indian tribes to become scarce and some even extinct. G). This. In Document J. Jackson focused on the majority which included people from all different sections of the States that would be affected by the decisions. In response to this. to be the collector even though Van Buren.705. At this time.09. the Secretary of State. of course. Jackson wanted Samuel Swartwout. Jackson ignored Van Buren and Swartwout absconded with $1. Jackson states that the . Jackson proposed to move the Indians to special land where they will not be bothered. Overall Jackson makes the point in document F that the veto of the charter is for the good of the country and its people. Jackson wanted to be a voice for the people of the United States and do whatever needed to be done for the benefit of the country. the Indians were living in some of the states which caused issues because of the surrounding whites and their arts of civilization which were destroying the Indian resources.

He wanted to take away the property qualifications for voting so that every white male man could vote. He explains that he has a perfect right to remain without interruption or confliction. He does not however just leave the Indians to fend for themselves against the whites but instead provides them a place of their own to live where they will not be bothered by whites. Jackson knew when he vetoed the charter that it would look tyrannical and monarchial but he believed that the bank was not for the good of the people and did not want it stealing from them. tough leader in both war and politics. Jackson‟s idea seems the more democratic of the two because it is his job to listen to his citizens and do what is best for them which is to move the Indians. Finally. Jackson believed that the government should be democratic and that the people should decide who they want to be in what positions. not the legislature. He did not like the idea of a small group of wealthy elite having the resources and capabilities of using all the money in the bank to do whatever they wanted with it and not have any regulations. elected the electors to choose who would win. He states that the country they wish to move them to is not fit for agriculture and is unknown territory with neighbors that do not speak their language. Jackson also had to deal with the relations between the Indians that were in the States . Andrew Jackson was a very strong. This allowed even the common man to share his opinions and concerns through his representative and therefore help with the problems of the working class and not just the wealthy class.emigration be voluntary but that they should be distinctly informed that if they remain they will be subject to the laws of the states. Jackson also did not like the corruption of the Bank of the United States. Document K is written from the point of an Indian explaining why he does not want to leave the land he lives on and move to a reserve. Even though the Indians may not like it. Jackson was voted into office by the people and therefore wanted to change all voting so that the people.

and the whites living there. He proposed the Indians be moved to reserves to keep them safe from the whites and to keep them from becoming extinct. His decisions were based off of what the people wanted and what would benefit them the most which is the main purpose of a democracy which is why it is predominately clear that Jackson was a very Democratic president. .

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