The Age of Jackson

The Age of Jackson

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  • Jackson as the People's President
  • Wow, finally someone who is actually a common man!
  • And it looks like he's going to get rid of voting restrictions!
  • Spoils System
  • My first act as President will be to fire everyone, and replace them with my friends! Haha, "to the victor go the spoils," amirite?
  • Jackson's Kitchen Cabinet
  • How...*politics speak*.....blah blah...blah
  • Well, I don't really know about any of that, but I do know how to wrangle a cow! Remember that one time I talked to you in high school?
  • Jackson was a military hero, not extremely wealthy, and not exceptionally educated. This made people who wanted someone like themselves as president vote for Jackson, and ultimately made many of his actions acceptable.
  • The Nullification Crisis (1828-1833)
  • That new tarriff on goods is making it even harder to sell cotton in the south!
  • When Jaclson got elected as president, he fired everyone from the previous election, and hired his supporters. This started a trend of draining the swamps, where the President would hire cabinet members of their choice to be on their committee.
  • Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears
  • Hey so we need you to move because we're gonna borrow this territory. And if you don't want to, no worries. We have some cool blankets for you that totally aren't infested with smallox.
  • Jackson hired his supporters in exchange for keeping the original cabinet members. They were mostly unqualified and uneducated about how to run a government, and earned the name "the Kitchen Cabinet" from Jackson's opponents.
  • The Bank War
  • When Jackson issued a tax of exported goods, more people wanted to purchase completed cloth from the north because it was cheaper. This made southern cotton farmers mad, so they complained and the vice president answered. He said that if the tax was too much, southern states could ignore it. A large conflict was avoided at the time but this eventually led to a cause of the Civil War.
  • Well, then what's the point of being apart of a union if we can just do what we want without regard for authority?
  • I think we should just ignore the looming presence until it leads to a greater conflict.
  • Well the vice president says we can just ignore it.
  • To continue manifest destiny, Jackson tried to evict the Native Americans out of their homes and into a designated location in Oklahoma. The journey there was rough, treacherous, and volatile, and many Natives died on the way. Those who did not comply were given blankets covered in the smallpox virus, so they would die and the Americans could take the territory. This caused the population of Native Americans to greatly decrease.
  • The National Bank lost most of its support, and so the government decided to get rid of it and the taxes it dealt and distribute the money to the states. It served its orginal purpose, to pay off debt from the American Revolution, and so was no longer useful. This only added to the tensions that the Southern Nullification Crisis had brought on.
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