History: Does Andrew Jackson deserve to stay on the $20 bill?

History: Does Andrew Jackson deserve to stay on the $20 bill?

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  • by: Faith Crossan
  • Protest Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill! He doesn't deserve to be on it!
  • Sources: Creating America Book, UShistory.org, History.com
  • Take Jackson off!
  • Someone who is on the twenty dollar bill should be a person that made decisions best for the U.S, Andrew Jackson did not do that. 
  • This meant even the "common man" could vote, causing uneducated people to vote without knowing about important subjects. It definitely hurt the U.S politically.
  • With his Jacksonian Democracy, during his presidency he gave everyone political power, so that he got majority rule when they voted!
  • Why are you guys protesting anyway?
  • Don't get me started with his Indian Removal Policy. He made treaties forcing Native Americans on that land to move West.
  • It weakened the relationship between Native Americans and Americans. The U.S needed their support but due to this policy, they no longer had it. This is another reason he should not be on the twenty dollar bill.
  • The Spoils System is basically when someone replaces government officials with members of their political party. Jackson used this to gain more political control and to lower the risk for arguing.
  • He did do one good thing. His spoils system was a way to ensure there were never any disagreements in the office.
  • That may be one reason he deserves to stay on the bill.
  • The War on National Banks is another reason he should not be on the bill anymore. He acted selfishly because he wanted more votes, which was good for him at the time, but bad for the U.S.
  • Jackson didn't like the second National Bank, so he campaigned to destroy it. He gained voters for the reelection, but it hurt America in the end by creating inflation and making money worth less.
  • His support for States Rights also hurt the United States. Yet again it is another reason he doesn't deserve to be on the bill.
  • States Rights is when the States had certain powers that the federal government could not overrule or change. It was a problem because it was one of the causes for the Civil War. The states felt they had powers that the government should not interfere with, which became a problem when some states wanted to keep slaves.
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