Andrew Jackson Flaws

After a time of triumph and nationalism post War of 1812, Americans were as gleeful as could be. The war ended gallantly with a win in New Orleans by troops led by Andrew Jackson. The presidential race of 1828 consisted of two strong candidates with faithful followers, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Adams was a highly educated man in terms of foreign affairs with his supporters being called National Republicans. On the contrary, Jackson, or "Old Hickory," was a charismatic man of the South with his Jacksonians by his side. This election had three times the amounts of voters than previous years due to the new laws allowing white males above the age of 21 to vote, regardless if they owned land or not. Ultimately, Jackson won and stepped …show more content…
The National Republicans attempted to bring a few of these flaws to light before he even stepped into office. In hopes of changing Jacksonian 's minds, "they brought out every skeleton in Jackson’s closet; his duels and brawls, his execution of troops for desertion, his declaration of martial law in New Orleans, his friendship with Aaron Burr..." (Jackson 's Presidential Campaign). Despite the proof of countless unnecessary murders and an affair on his wife, Jackson hopped into presidency sending the citizens of the United States into a frenzy. Then he proceeded to put his friends in office to benefit himself. Although previous presidents have done the same, his was so prominent that critics named it the Spoils System. At the time most presidents were aimed towards benefiting white males, but because it happened often does not make it utilitarianism if you attempt to include more than rich, Caucasian men into office. Thanks to his spoils system, it was clear that "there was no initiative from Jacksonian Democrats to include women in political life or to combat slavery" (The Trail of Tears — The Indian Removals). Jackson 's ignorance towards other 's lives, especially ones of women, African Americans, and Native Americans, despite the tradition of past presidents favoring white males, is why

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