Andrew Jackson's Democracy

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The extent of Andrew Jackson’s democracy during his presidency and how democratic was he really has caused many debates. His appearance on the twenty dollars bills has caused many debates to whether or not he deserves to be on the bill becauses of some of the actions like the removal of Native Americans taken during his presidency. There are people that believe
Andrew Jackson should be on the $20 bills because the U.S currency depicts images of momentous landmarks and great leader that has made significant impacts on the history of the
U.S and he is an example of such leader. However on the other hands, some people rather have him removed for his actions that started the dramatic expansion of slavery , removal of Indians that caused the death
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While prior presidents rejected only bills they believed unconstitutional, Jackson set a new precedent by wielding the veto pen as a matter of policy. This decision has left many people questioning his democratic policies, and portrayed him as a king bringing back the memories before independence. Jackson became the first president to widely replace incumbent officeholders with his supporters, which became known as the “spoils system.” People like Samuel Swartwout were guaranteed a job in the office if they were his supporters, it was a form of gratitude for working with him toward victory, and as an incentive to keep working for the party.
As always in history of politics there’s an opposing party that did not admire jackson and his strong personality like the common people did. This opposing party was called the Whigs which is a reference to british history because the Whigs were the party opposed to a strong monarch. By calling themselves Whigs, Jackson's enemies labeled him a king. And they
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He viewed the Native Americans as inferior and he didn't want any interaction between the white and the Natives [11].He signed and implemented the Indian
Removal Act of 1830, which gave him the power to make treaties with tribes that resulted in their displacement to territory west of the Mississippi River in return for their ancestral homelands. During the fall and winter of 1838 and 1839, the Cherokees were forcibly moved west by the United States government. Approximately 4,000 Cherokees died on this forced march, which became known as the "Trail of Tears." Some tribes didn't defend themselves, but however The Cherokees of Georgia, on the other hand, used legal action to resist. When the government of Georgia refused to recognize their autonomy and threatened to seize their lands, the Cherokees took their case to the U.S. Supreme Court and won a favorable decision. John
Marshall ruled that the Cherokee Nation was under the protection of the US government and therefore must remain that way, since they had created treaties with the Federal government. The unjustified part to this is that Georgia officials ignored the decision, and President

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