The Election Of Andrew Jackson Essays

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The election of Andrew Jackson as president in 1828 brought a feeling of hope to the common people of the United States. He was the first president who did not come from wealthy origins, making him a more relatable politician who would seemingly fight for the rights of the lower class. Jackson was known as a supporter of a strong federal government, though he made decisions supporting states’ rights throughout his presidency. He constantly changed how he felt about certain issues based on how they would benefit the country. Even though Andrew Jackson did change the United States’ democracy for the better, his fluctuating views regarding the Nullification Controversy, Native Americans, and the rechartering of the National Bank made it appear that he was inconsistent and unjust throughout his presidency. Andrew Jackson’s humble background made him stand out from the other politicians of his time. He grew up poor on a farm in South Carolina, and was orphaned at fourteen (Friedline 2). Jackson also fought in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 (Friedline 2,3). His modest beginnings and military success helped him win the support of the “common man”, or the lower class when serving in the government. He became governor of Florida when the war of 1812 was over, and ran for president for the first time in 1824 (Friedline 3). During his campaign, he was not taken seriously by the other candidates due to his background (Wilson 4). Jackson won the popular vote, but there…

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