Does Jackson Deserve to be on the $20 Bill?
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Kelsey Cano Period 2 No!! I do not think Andrew Jackson deserves to be on the $20 Bill.
Jacksonian Democracy is the idea of spreading political power to not only the wealthy but also the common people and, promoting majority rule.Andrew Jackson was very upset for not winning the past election.He believed that giving the common people the right to vote would make them want to vote for him and promised to look out for the interests of the common people.This all helped the common people want to vote for him.What Jackson did was good for the country and the people because the people would get to share their opinions.It also made future elections more fair but, his motives for doing this were pure selfish. He didn't care about the future all he knew was if he helped the common people, they would vote for him. He was doing bad things.
In Jackson's campaign, he promised to reform the government. He began by giving his own supporters government jobs. This practice became known as the spoils system. Jackson's opponents said that this practice was very corrupt. But Jackson defended it, stating that it broke one groups hold on the government. By having his own supporters in the government, he would get his way because they would agree with him and he gave them their jobs. He was using this to his advantage. He also lied to others about why he was doing this. Once again, he was looking out for himself. This proved he would do anything to rise to power.
The Indian Removal Policy was an act passed by Congress in 1830 that called for to try and negotiate treaties that would require Native Americans to move west. Jackson set out to enforce the law right away. He believed his policy was "just and liberal" and would allow them to keep their way of life. But it instead cause many issues and forever changed the relationships between whites and Native Americans. When the whites invaded Native American land, they had no other choice but to sign the treaties. Jackson used the Indian Removal Policy to take land from the Native Americans. This was good for the country but it made Native Americans leave their homes. Jackson claimed o have et them keep their way of life but by making them move they would have to change their way of ways. But by making them leave, the U.S. would gain many opportunities and land, which was good.
States Rights was a debate over which powers belonged to the states and which belonged to the Federal Government in the 1820s through the 1830s. The debate also discussed which states allowed laves to be free and which didn't. It also argued over the Doctrine of Nullification. On one side was Daniel Webster, the other, Robert Y. Hayne. Hayne defended nullification, meaning a state could reject a federal law that was considered unconstitutional. Webster argued it was not the states that made the union but the people. He declared that union and freedom go together. At a dinner party honoring Thomas Jefferson's Birthday, Jackson finally stated his position. He made a toast and said" Our federal union, it must be preserved." Jackson had hidden his position on states rights for a while. After Jackson made his toast, Calhoun raised his glass and said, "The union- next to our liberty the most dear: may we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights states and distributing equally the benefits and burdens of the union." From then on , the two men became political enemies. This was bad because the President and Vice President shouldn't be enemies they should work together. Being enemies is a bad influence on people and wouldn't make the U.S. look good if the President and the Vice President couldn't get alog.
The War on The National Bank/Economic Decisions started when Jackson vetoed Congress' vote to renew the bank. Jackson claimed the bank was a "monopoly" that favored few at the expense of many. But the Supreme Court already said it was constitutional. Jackson refused to believe this. He claimed that the elected officials had to interpret the constitutionality of laws themselves. This war between Jackson and the bank became the main issue in the presidential campaign of 1832. This was bad because he did not want to accept that the Supreme Court had already it constitutional. This proved he wanted it his way and his way only, not caring what the Supreme Court said.
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