Class: Honors History
Date: 12 March 2019
Assignment Type: Project
Thesis: No, Jackson does not deserve to be on the $20 bill because with Jacksonian democracy his political policies were unclear, he abuses the spoils system by constantly changing appointees, forces natives out cruelly with the Indian Removal Policy, tries to fix the ruin that happens with state's rights and the Doctrine of Nullification after it passes under his nose, and causes drama with the National Bank due to his suspicions and sour mood.
Scources: USHistory.org/us Dictionary.com Encyclopedia Britannica or Britannica.com
Sabine Sanchez Mrs. Gomez Period 2 12 March 2019
Does Andrew Jackson Deserve To Be On The $20 Bill?
Usage: Jackson led the movement, supporting common man, by that mostly white men in general. His popularity as champion of the common man, his selling point being how he was modest in origin and yet became successful. For the many settlers and men who didn’t own property this meant they had a voice, eventually becoming a base for the now known ‘American Dream’. Verdict: No, Jackson does not deserve to be on the $20 bill. Although his actions are seemingly related to democracy, his political policies were unclear.
Definition: A movement in the 1830’s where the main point was to incorporate more democracy in US government. No aristocracy and rights for common man being focused points.
White American male? You have a voice. WE all do. It's called Jacksonian democracy. Take notes.
Definition: A system where when a group wins they takes positions from the losing group. Spoils = political appointments.. Usage: When Jackson became president it opened all the political appointments to members of his party and those who supported him. This allowed his party and supporters to strengthen his grip in the political field. Verdict: No, Jackson does not deserve to be on the $20. Political appointments are changed when a new president is elected, however Jackson changed the positions constantly, to the point of instability.
"To the victor belong the spoils of the enemy." - William Marcy
Hey! There's this policy that allows me to tell you to go away. SO, go away!
Wait a second... this doesn't seem right.
Indian Removal Policy
Definition: A policy in which Native Americans would be given unsettled western land in exchange for territory. Led to Trail of Tears, a forced relocation of about 100,000 Native Americans in the 1830’s. Usage: During the time people were eager for land, and Jackson’s enthusiastic approach to the removal of Indians from territory near borders made everyone on board. However in actuality the approach was hostile, to the point where civilized Cherokee were not recognized even though they signed a peace treaty. Verdict: No, Jackson does not deserve to be on the $20. When Jackson allowed for a policy the rest of the US was waiting for, he did not calculate the extremity. Thousands died in the Trail of Tears.
Definition: Regional rights not in conjunction to central government. Usage: Jackson was surprisingly not a huge fan of the Doctrine of Nullification. He wanted the people to have rights, not the states. Also, the main point of executive branch was to enforce laws. If the reason for executive branch was no longer existing, then what was the point of having a president? Verdict: No, Jackson does not deserve to be on the $20. He was against the Doctrine of Nullification, however it somehow passed.
Doctrine of Nullification states that if a state does not like a law they can choose to ignore that law.
War On National Bank/Economic Decisions
Usage: The US was eccentric for Jackson’s vision, for they too had distrust in the National Bank due to its prestigious picture. The National Bank only answered to directors and stockholders, and worried many with the question of constitutionality. When Jackson placed the contents of the National Bank into state banks, it’s no surprise the stats would support him. Verdict: No, Jackson does not deserve to be on the $20. National Bank was a bit exclusive, however they were mostly made for the public and had the intentions to be used by everyone. Jackson made unnecessary drama.
Definition: A disagreement with the National Bank and Andrew Jackson. Jackson had revoked the charter.