Andrew Jackson: Not for the People Essay

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Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, is often called “The People’s President”. However, history has remembered the popular things he did but ignored the horrific deeds he committed. He should not deserve his title as “The People’s President” as his strongly biased opposition to the national bank and his aggressive action and supposed “solution” in the Nullification Crisis had widespread harmful effects throughout America.

The Indian Removal Acts of 1830 are some of the darkest moments in out country’s history. Andrew Jackson was known as the sharp knife among the Native Americans for his brutality toward Indians. He wanted to aggressively remove the Indians from the land that were on. He passed an act that allowed him to
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This also was a temporary solution, which would be brought up again when settlers moved west.

Jackson was a much different president as his predecessors; they were rich wellborn politicians and he was a middle class frontier man. Many of the decisions that Jackson made were based strongly on his different background. We see this in his strong opposition to the national bank and also see how his personal life intermingled itself in this affair. Nicholas Biddle, the wellborn president of the national bank, was everything that Jackson was not and therefore was a strong enemy to Jackson. Due to this, Jackson made it a goal of his presidency to close the national bank. Andrew also felt this system benefited the northern industry more than the southern farmers. Jackson began to do this by starving the bank by moving millions of dollars from the bank to the individual state banks. When Henry Clay accelerated the deadline of the bank’s charter’s renewal, Jackson vetoed it. The effects of this were widespread; America later fell into a depression that lasted six years. Much of this was rooted in that banks lost trust without gold backing in the currency. Jackson attempted to fix the problem by passing the Specie Circular, requiring land purchasers to pay in gold coins or specie. But due to the general lack of gold, many banks were forced to close and thus brought America deeper into depression. Many people lost their money and trade slowed tremendously without

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