Andrew Jackson:Champion of the Common Man

The War Hero

Andrew Jackson grew up in a low income family. He was orphaned at the age of 14, where he served as a courier in the Continental Army.

He served in the War of 1812, where he became widely known. In the battle of New Orleans, he commanded a ramshackle army of normal soldiers, frontier militiamen, free blacks, New Orleans aristocrats, and some native tribesman. He defended the city of New Orleans with this army against some 8,000 experienced, skilled, British soldiers

Approach to Governing

When elected president in 1828, it was immediately clear he was unlike past presidents. He removed many Republican officeholders, and replaced them with Democrats. At the time many of these Republicans were corrupt, so doing this removed many corrupt government officials.

Nullification Crisis

When South Carolina threatened to secede during the Nullification Crisis, Jackson passed the Force Bill to keep the country together, which saved the U.S from falling apart. The U.S History website states,"In retrospect, Jackson's strong, decisive support for the Union was one of the great moments of his Presidency. If nullification had been successful, could secession have been far behind?"

Bank Battle

There was little Jackson wanted more than to remove the Bank of the United States, which existed to make the rich richer, and the poor poorer. As Jackson came from a family that had low income, so he took this almost as a personal insult. Since he saw himself as "champion of the common man", he shut down the bank, even though he risked losing the next presidential election.

Indian Policy

Some people might say that Andrew Jackson was wrong to make the natives leave their homeland, but he just did what was best for the U.S. In his Second Annual Message, Jackson said,"By opening the whole territory between Tennessee on the north and Louisiana on the south to the settlement of the whites it will... strengthen the southwestern frontier and render the... States strong enough to repel future invasions... It will relieve the whole State of Mississippi and the western part of Alabama of Indian occupancy, and enable those States to advance rapidly in population, wealth, and power." This means that he rightly believed that by removing the natives from their land would strengthen the United States, and lead to new technological and industrial developments.

Although Jackson owned slaves, he was considered by many to be a humane slave owner. The "Tennessee 4 Me" history timeline states,"Jackson generally wanted his slaves to be treated well. He told one overseer 'that he was to treat them with great humanity, feed and cloath them well, and work them in moderation.'"

In conclusion, Andrew Jackson was a hero and helped America in many ways during his presidency.

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