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1990 Andrew Jackson Dbq Essay

Jacksonian Democrats Dbq Essay

In the 1820's and 1830's, the Jacksonian Democrats, with Andrew Jackson as their leader, viewed themselves as the guardians of the Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. However, this view did not truly represent the actions taken by President Andrew Jackson and his followers, it was only a façade put up to mask their sectionalist ideas.

One of the disparities in the views and actions of the Jacksonian Democrats involved social equality. Jackson repeatedly held sectionalist views and did things that were better for the average, poor community than for the country as a whole. One such example of this is shown in Documents B and C involving the National Bank. In his National Bank veto message in Document B, Jackson says, "It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes." Jackson singles out the wealthier class and accuses them of being selfish. Because this ridiculous comment has no intelligent purpose other than to create an enormous, nationwide class clash, it must be seen as evidence that Jackson was a sectionalist. Daniel Webster responded to this message in Document C by stating, "It manifestly seeks to inflame the poor against the rich … for the purpose of turning against them [the other class] the prejudices and the resentments of the other classes." Daniel Webster is saying what was previously mentioned. It was as though Jackson was trying to anger the poor to turn against the rich. Jackson's actions show that his primary goal was not to help the country, but to address his own personal issues. This completely contrasts the Jacksonian Democrats view of themselves. The Jacksonians thought that they were acting...

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Andrew Jackson Jacksonian Period Essay

1207 words - 5 pages Mario MunozU.S. AP HistoryMr. Martinez 4thNov/ 5/ 2014Jacksonian Democrats DBQ EssayAlthough Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the U.S. Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of opportunity, their actions during the 1820s and 1830 tended to...

Unformatted text preview: Jessy Ayala 2/9/13 APUSH Period 1 1990 DBQ Jacksonian Democracy In the 1820s and 1830s, democrats under President Andrew Jackson emerged at its strongest and believed they were following the United States Constitution and were the key to citizens individual liberty and economic advancement, when actually Jacksonian democracy was the problem. Not everyone was equal and many suffered from the impossibility to move up classes to racism and the downfall of the United States Bank. Jacksonians claimed they were guardians of the United States Constitution, but the false view towards the national bank and led the nation to more problems. Jackson fought against the president of the bank, Nicolas Biddle, due to his experience in the west and the foreclosure of homes for farmers, and threatened it with his veto message in 1832 (Doc. B). Writers, such as Daniel Webster, responded with their opinions and what they (Doc....
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