Andrew Jackson Successes And Failures Essay
One of Andrew Jackson’s successes as president was the spoils system. The term came from the phrase by New York senator William Marcy who said, “To the victor belong the spoils.” The spoils system replaced old party government positions with new winning party voters, even if they weren’t qualified in some occasions. The system was a success because it unified the government. It was also meant to basically …show more content…
On september 10th, 1833 Jackson said that he was shutting down the second bank. He then took all the money out so the bank then became a shell of what it used to be. Jackson hated how the bank was biased to the industrial part of the U.S. since it had ties to the manufacturing and he resented the amount of power the bank had in the economy. So as soon as he took office he ordered an investigation into the constitutionality of the bank. He argued that the bank represented “the rich oppressing the common man.” The supreme court ruled the bank constitutional. Jackson didn’t pay much attention to that though because he destroyed the bank without officially destroying it by taking all the money out and then redistributing it to the state banks. This plan failed because they didn 't have enough to supply everybody. This ended up being a terrible move, driving inflation rates incredibly high and eventually leading to the panic of 1837, which was a deep economic depression that lasted into the 40’s. One of the things that led to the panic is Jackson’s mistrust of the bank’s ability to control commerce. His mistrust led him to trying to go back to using gold and silver as means of payment which didn’t turn out so well.
Jackson changed American politics in a few different ways. One of these ways was by strengthening the sense of nationalism in the country. By wiping out the United States’ debt Jackson gave the country a fresh start and a sense of pride in their government. Also by making westward expansion possible through the Indian removal act he made more land available to the American people which also increases the sense of nationalism. Jackson also affected social mobility in the united states in a positive way while in office. He did this by expanding