Sample donated: Bernadette Wallace
Last updated: October 11, 2019
The 1820’s and 1830’s were times where the Jacksonian Democrats dominated politics in the United States. Jacksonian Democrats saw themselves as guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. With a few exceptions, Jacksonian Democrats did indeed live up to these goals and values.
Jacksonian Democrats followed some of the principles of Thomas Jefferson in that they were more interested in commoners and farmers, and that they also had a strict interpretation of the Constitution.Jacksonian Democrats kept the United States together through the 1820s and 1830s and successfully protected the rights stated in the Constitution. Andrew Jackson as President gave Americans more land, granted that all white males had the right to vote, and successfully got rid of the Bank of the United States because it was not beneficial for the country as a whole. A major problem for Jackson was what to do with Native Americans living in the South and on this issue Jackson decided he had to do what was best for his people. Document G)Native Americans living in the South were driven away from their lands to Oklahoma on a path known as the Trail of Tears. This allowed southerners to expand their farms and made available more growing space.
Andrew Jackson fought against the Supreme Court to get this approved; this only proved that Jackson was for his people. The Jacksonians believed that voting rights should be extended to all white men. By 1820, universal white male suffrage was common in the United States. Other countries started noticing the freedom and independence that America was starting to give to its citizens.Taken from the opinion of Harriet Martineau, who was a British author, in one of her reports she stated how amazed she was by the sovereignty and liberty. She also mentioned the One of the Jacksonian Democrats’ attempts to reduce the influence of the rich was by vetoing the charter to the Bank of the United States.
Jackson stated his reasons in Document B mainly as a precaution of the rich taking over. Jacksonians simply wanted equal economic opportunity for every citizen. Jackson also instituted the spoils system