Show MorePresident Jackson: Common Man or “King Andrew”
Andrew Jackson was a strong president who used his title to pursue his own agendas. In any ways he can be viewed as a king, rather than the common man that he was when he grew up. Jackson instilled fear in many, and behind his back was called “King Andrew” jokingly. The title was a joke but in many ways described his presidency. More than often he did away with the laws of the constitution and followed his own ways.
In 1829 Andrew Jackson created the Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act was a law that stated that Native Americans that were settled east of the Mississippi River had to move west of the river to a portion of land that was set aside for them in the Oklahoma…show more content…
In his plans he broke laws and fired those who would not do what he said or refused to help. He followed laws of his own and acted as if he was in charge of all things.
The issue of tariffs, also started problems and revealed sides of Jackson that made him seem more like a monarch rather than a president for the common people. When the Tariff of 1828, was issued the southern states became very upset. The south had a lot of issues with tariffs and South Carolina decided to speak out against them. The Nullification Doctrine was a document written by John Calhoun, which stated that South Carolina would not acknowledge any tariffs because they were unconstitutional. Jackson challenged it, and sent a representative to collect the tariff and threatened that if they secede there would be war. He threatened a state, which was a part of the union and forced them to say under his control with the threat of war. That act alone, does not make him out to look like and average president who went by the constitution. It showed that he was willing to fight for what he wanted and to keep the states under his control.
President Andrew Jackson was definitely “King Andrew”. He ruled over America for a total of eight years, breaking laws, making unconstitutional ones, and forcing people to do what he wanted whether it was wrong or right. His actions hurt the nation, and were completely
Jackson was a man of many faces, and many of his views were not democratic. First, Jackson was not democratic for economic reasons, such as the Bank veto. Second, Jackson was not democratic for political reasons, such as implementing the Spoils system. Third, Jackson was not democratic for social reasons, such as being pro-slavery. Jacksonian views are not democratic.
First, Jackson was not democratic for political reasons. During his presidency many of his actions were viewed as tyrannical and his behavior reflected that of a king rather than of a president. One person drew a cartoon of Jackson, where he is wearing a crown, holding a scepter in his hand, and trampling on the Constitution (Doc 11). This represents that people saw Andrew Jackson as “King Andrew” because he did whatever he wanted and acted like a dictator by disobeying the Constitution. Another example was when Jackson implemented the Spoils System, which was when the President appointed his supporters with government jobs. Jackson argued that there aren’t many major qualifications necessary for government jobs and that anyone can do it (Doc 4). However, opponents of Jackson considered him a tyrant because he replaced experienced politicians with illiterate farmers who had no political experience just because they supported his campaign. Jackson was not democratic for many political reasons.
Second, Jackson was not democratic for economic reasons. To start, Jackson vetoed the bill to recharter the Second Bank of the United States. He claimed that he was protecting the democracy from corruption but in reality, he feared that the bankers would campaign against him. Jackson was a tyrant who destroyed the national bank for personal issues (Doc 8) and he was quoted as saying, “The Bank is trying to kill me but I will kill it.” Next, Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced the Indians to move west. Even though the Indians did not want to leave their lands and move into unknown lands, Jackson forced them to (Doc 6). Jackson argued that the white settlers needed the land and could make better use of it and could make the land more economically productive than the Indians had been able to. Jackson was not democratic for these economic reasons.
Third, Jackson was not a democratic president for social reasons. He did not believe in equality for all people. Jackson owned a large number of slaves during his presidency (Doc 5). This shows how Jackson supported slavery and only equality when it referred to white males. Jackson also treated the Native Americans very poorly. Jackson believed that Native Americans were inferior to whites’, and that it was not necessary to treat them fairly. He believed that Native Americans were children in need of guidance (Doc 10). He helped them by “guiding” them out of their lands and sending them on the Trail of Tears in which more than 4,000 Cherokee die of cold, hunger and disease. Jackson was not a democratic president due to many social reasons.