Jackson was not known very widely until the Battle of New Orleans, where he became a national hero due to his defense of the city. He was a major general, and led a five month campaign against the Creek Indians.
Hey, Old Hickory!
It was Jackson’s popularity due to the war that eventually led to the suggestion that he run for president. He declined at first, but eventually his supporters gave him a big enough boost to earn him a nomination.
About to undertake the arduous duties that I have been appointed to perform..
The spoils system started during Andrew Jackson’s administration. His supporters claimed that it was necessary and long overdue effort in the reformation of their federal government.
You supported me throughout my campaign? You get a job!
Thank you, Mr. President!
Raising tariffs is another word for taxes. In 1828 Congress passed new law raising the tax on imported goods. This raising of taxes affected many people including farmers.
It is not! We are protecting industries with this tax!
This is unconstitutional!
Jackson was not favor of the national bank. He thought it benefited rich depositors at the expense of farmers and workers. Henry Clay had devised plan for when reelections came and in that plan was to have either business people be happy with him and poor farmers be mad, or vice versa. In the end, Clay had forgotten about how many poor farmers there were, and Jackson was elected president.
No, it hurts poor farmers and workers!
We need a national bank.
When Georgia claimed land that belonged to the Cherokee Indians under federal law, Jackson made no move to help the Cherokee in any way. He also declined to sign enforce a Supreme Court ruling that told Georgia that they didn’t have any control over Native Tribal lands.