Indian Removal Act[ edit ] Prior to taking office, Jackson had spent much of his career fighting the Native Americans of the Southwestand he considered Native Americans to be inferior to those who were descended from Europeans.
The presidential election of brought a great victory for Andrew Jackson. Not only did he get almost 70 percent of the votes cast in the electoral college, popular participation in the election soared to an unheard of 60 percent.
This more than doubled the turnout in ; Jackson clearly headed a sweeping political movement. His central message remained largely the same from the previous election, but had grown in intensity. Jackson warned that the nation had been corrupted by "special privilege," characterized especially by the policies of the Second Bank of the United States.
The proper road to reform, according to Jackson, lay in an absolute acceptance of majority rule as expressed through the democratic process. Beyond these general principles, however, Jackson's campaign was notably vague about specific policies.
Instead, it stressed Jackson's life story as a man who had risen from modest origins to become a successful Tennessee planter. Jackson's claim to distinction lay in a military career that included service as a young man in the Revolutionary War, several anti-Indian campaigns, and, of course, his crowning moment in the Battle of New Orleans at the end of the War of Jackson's election marked a new direction in American politics.
He was the first westerner elected president, indeed, the first president from a state other than Virginia or Massachusetts.
He boldly proclaimed himself to be the "champion of the common man" and believed that their interests were ignored by the aggressive national economic plans of Clay and Adams. More than this, however, when Martin Van Buren followed Jackson as president, it indicated that the Jacksonian movement had long-term significance that would outlast his own charismatic leadership.
Andrew Jackson is known to have harbored animosity for Native Americans. During his administration, many tribes were moved to reservations in the Oklahoma Territory. Van Buren, perhaps even more than Jackson, helped to create the new Democratic party that centered upon three chief qualities closely linked to Jacksonian Democracy.
First, it declared itself to be the party of ordinary farmers and workers. Second, it opposed the special privileges of economic elites. Third, to offer affordable western land to ordinary white Americans, Indians needed to be forced further westward.
The Whig party soon arose to challenge the Democrats with a different policy platform and vision for the nation. Whigs' favored active government support for economic improvement as the best route to sustained prosperity. Thus, the Whig-Democrat political contest was in large part a disagreement about the early Industrial Revolution.
Whigs defended economic development's broad benefits, while Democrats stressed the new forms of dependence that it created. The fiercely partisan campaigns waged between these parties lasted into the s and are known as the Second Party System, an assuredly modern framework of political competition that reached ordinary voters as never before with both sides organizing tirelessly to carry their message directly to the American people.
A "mob" descended upon Andrew Jackson at the White House to celebrate his victory in the election of Public parties were regular occurrences during Jackson's administration. A new era of American politics began with Jackson's election inbut it also completed a grand social experiment begun by the American Revolution.
Although the Founding Fathers would have been astounded by the new shape of the nation during Jackson's presidency, just as Jackson himself had served in the American Revolution, its values helped form his sense of the world. The ideals of the Revolution had, of course, been altered by the new conditions of the early nineteenth century and would continue to be reworked over time.
Economic, religious, and geographic changes had all reshaped the nation in fundamental ways and pointed toward still greater opportunities and pitfalls in the future.
Nevertheless, Jacksonian Democracy represented a provocative blending of the best and worst qualities of American society.
In March following the inauguration of Martin Van Buren, who had been Jackson’s vice president in his second term, Jackson returned to his plantation, The Hermitage, outside Nashville, now worked by about slaves and run with the help of his adopted son, Andrew Jackson, Jr. At the end of Clinton’s presidency he created 22 million Jobs, the most by any president in the united States (“Bill Clinton”). President Obama’s Presidency ; Six Positive Effects of Jackson’s Presidency ; Tagged In: The Ethics of Imposition of Values Protestant Reformation. Support the Miller Center. Facebook; Twitter; YouTube; University of Virginia Miller Center. University of Virginia Miller Center. Main navigation. The Presidency. U.S. Presidents and prejudices about Native Americans that had been widely held by American policy makers since Thomas Jefferson's presidency. Jackson observed that .
On the one hand it was an authentic democratic movement that contained a principled egalitarian thrust, but this powerful social critique was always cast for the benefit of white men.
This tragic mix of egalitarianism, masculine privilege, and racial prejudice remains a central quality of American life and to explore their relationship in the past may help suggest ways of overcoming their haunting limitations in the future. The Hermitage The election of has been labeled as one of the dirtiest in history; it also drew a higher population of voters to the polls than ever before.
Let's face it, people like dirt. In keeping with this tradition, the caretakers of the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's estate, have set up a site where the election of is recreated, including "up-to-date" news on the status of the election.
In addition, you can find out about Jackson's life, as well as details about his beautiful estate. Presidents of the United States: Born in a log cabin, and having no formal education, Jackson fought in the Revolutionary War at age 13; he was the only President who served in both the American Revolution and the War of His policies directly led to the Trail of Tears, in which a quarter of all Cherokees who made the march died before they reached their destination of Oklahoma.
Not all of Andrew Jackson's policy enforcing was this flawed; however, the concise biography about Jackson found at this site discusses some of the more negative aspects of his Presidency.Jackson’s two terms were notable for the Eaton affair, the struggle against the Second Bank of the United States, his nullification fight with John C.
Calhoun, Jackson's censure by the Senate, his use of the spoils system, the issuance of the Specie Circular and the recognition of Texan independence. The aftermath of the Bank War indeed had a profound influence on the country, especially the Presidency of Martin Van Buren.
Jackson's killing of the Second National Bank killed the American economy as seen in the Panic of , but also incited the development of a two party political system.
Jackson's Presidency was the beginning of the modern presidency, one in which the powers that the president holds while in the office of the grew immensely. Jackson was the first President to introduce the spoils system, the system in which when a political party wins an election the party members are given government jobs to as a reward for.
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Main navigation. The Presidency. U.S. Presidents and prejudices about Native Americans that had been widely held by American policy makers since Thomas Jefferson's presidency. Jackson observed that . Andrew Jackson He was the seventh president of the United States and served from to He was a military hero during the War of and the Seminole Wars.
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