Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
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  • * Creating America, shmoop.com, history.com *
  • I believe Andrew Jackson does belong on the 20 Dollar Bill, and here's why:
  • Mya Mingo
  • Election of 1828 was a very brutal battle. Andrew Jackson was known for representing the democrat side of the debate and promised to look out for the interests of the common people. This was known as the Jacksonian Democracy.
  • The Jacksonian Democracy lead to an overwhelming win of the debate for Andrew Jackson. The Jacksonian Democracy is big reason why he belongs on the 20 Dollar Bill, as he cared for his people and their decisions. 
  • Andrew Jackson began replacing government officials with his supporters. Many people charged it as corrupt, but Andrew kept practicing it anyways. This became known as the Spoils System. 
  • The Spoils System helped Jackson gain respect from the peers he gave jobs to, as he awarded them for their hard work on working towards victory. I believe this is a reason he deserves to be on the bill, as he was respecting the common people and helping them achieve a high goal.
  • Jackson supported a policy of moving Native Americans west of the Mississippi, otherwise known as the Indian Removal Act, that Congress passed in 1830.  The federal government ordered Jackson to make treaties with these Native Americans.
  • Due to Jackson supporting the act, the government gained large amounts of land. This benefits Jackson and was a smart decision on his part, as this land could be used for resources the people may need. This is another reason as to why Jackson should be on the 20 Dollar Bill. 
  • Andrew Jackson believed in States' Rights, which included strict limits to the federal government's authority under the Constitution. 
  • Some examples being issuing licenses, creation of local government etc. This did not help Jackson, as it caused the struggle over the Bank of the United States. 
  • This is not an example of why Jackson should be on the 20 Dollar Bill, as it caused much controversy around the states.
  • Finally the end of our story, The War on the National Bank. Jackson announced that the government will no longer be using the national bank. He used executive power to remove all federal funds from the bank, causing lots of people to be mad and riot. Since Jackson had to put the money somewhere, various state banks were made.
  • This resulted in the destruction of the bank and caused a huge political struggle. This did not help Jackson either, as the people were very upset with his decisions.  The War on the National Bank is not an example of why Jackson should be on the 20 Dollar Bill as it is the complete opposite.
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