Andrew Jackson : The Second President Essay

1175 Words Nov 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Andrew Jackson: a heavy drinker, gambler, Indian exterminator, racist, and slaveowner. Some say he was a man who “had been born with gunpowder spicing his blood”, and that is a true statement for he had an extremely bad temper and often demonstrated savage behavior in duels and politics. Some historians argue he was a frontiersman, a man of the people, and the inventor of democracy, but they are only examining the surface of his political practices and actions. In truth, Andrew Jackson’s monarchical rule, and most of all, his Indian Removal Act of 1830 prove that he was a bad, bad man.
Before looking at Andrew Jackson as the seventh president, it is important to look at his role in history prior to the 1828 election. During the War of 1812, General Andrew Jackson shot his soldiers because they wanted to mutiny. In 1818, Andrew Jackson seized Spanish forts and executed two British subjects without government authorization. Clearly, Jackson acted out of personal animosity and prejudice. Andrew Jackson fought in many duels in which the conflict often stemmed from gambling, cockfighting, or a rumor about his wife. Additionally, Jackson was a poor candidate for the position because he only had one year of experience in the Senate. He is said to be a man of the people, but it only because he corruptly charmed the public with whiskey-filled parties for voters to get him into office.
Once he was president, Andrew Jackson abused his power and was a tyrant in a number of instances,…

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