History Project: Andrew Jackson
Updated: 3/16/2020
History Project: Andrew Jackson

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  • Sources: TCI, USHistory
  • by: Sam Gordi Thesis: Andrew Jackson should not be on the $20 bill since he only did things that supported his presidency and himself and not the people.
  • Additional Sources: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Yeah, but like, take his "Jacksonian Democracy", where he believed that the common people should control the government. He really just used that to get the majority vote; that doesn't make him deserving of the $20 bill because he didn't really believe that himself, he just used that to his advantage so that he could become president!
  • So, you say you don't like Andrew Jackson to be on the $20 bill, but why? I thought he was pretty decent.
  • But what about...
  • And that Spoils System is kind of questionable, don't you think? Having all his supporters be in the government with him just because they agree with him? That's definitely not worth his face on the $20 bill because as the president he's supposed to accept the difference of the other party, not just ignore them and populate the government with people he agrees with!
  • Well, uh...no. I agree. Forcing Indians off their land is totally unconstitutional.
  • Exactly. Correct answer.
  • Don't even get me started on that Indian Removal Act of his. You have to agree that that's just unconstitutional; forcing innocent American Indians to vacate their land and move westward simply because Andrew Jackson says so. Does that make him deserving of his face on the $20 bill?
  • Plus, there's the matter of states' rights. When the Tariff of Abominations was set, South Carolina almost seceded from the United States! So Vice President Calhoun used states' rights to allow South Carolina to nullify that tax, but this time Jackson didn't like it, since it didn't benefit him. There's no way that that makes him worthy of the $20 bill.
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  • Well, as I was saying, there's also the topic of the War on the National Bank. Andrew Jackson literally closed down a bank simply because he didn't like rich people, and all of this created this massive inflation problem, and the economy became horribly messed up! Therefore: no, he doesn't deserve to be on the $20 bill because he basically ruined the American economy. I hope you were actually paying attention.
  • Hey, are you listening to me?
  • Yeah. yeah...yeah...