Essay on Andrew Jackson 's Influence On The President 's Role

1538 Words Mar 4th, 2015 7 Pages
“Those who are not for us are against us,” was a mantra often used by Andrew Jackson. As a general and a president, Andrew Jackson frequently engaged in violent interactions. Jackson indulged in stepping over boundaries when he did not have the authority to do so. Before Jackson became president, he showed his competence in New Orleans. General Jackson enforced martial law, and ruled out writ of habeas corpus. These two illegal actions completely defied the Constitutional Rights of the inhabitants. These acts foretold how Jackson would use his power to alter the president’s role. Andrew Jackson was the most powerful president and therefore changed the presidency by strengthening the federal government, increasing presidential power, and imposing and enforcing unconstitutional acts.
Since he was a part of the federal government, Andrew Jackson was very controlling and concerned with maintaining the government’s power. Jackson helped the federal government by gaining strength. One way he helped the government was during the Nullification Crisis. Proposed by John C. Calhoun, Jackson’s vice president, the Nullification Theory allowed states to null or void a law by the federal government. This theory was in response to the Tariff of 1828 and the Tariff of 1832. These tariffs were also called the Tariffs of Abominations by the South, because they increased the price of foreign goods. South Carolina despised these tariffs because they, “are unauthorized by the constitution of…

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