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Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson and his policies strengthened the new American nationalism. Through his actions during his presidency, he changed the nation into a more nationalistic country. Jackson was a man of the people, and he strongly felt that the common man was the power behind government. Jackson was a man of humble background. In his time, a man that was born in a cabin was looked upon highly, and some of those with more noble upbringings actually apologized for not being born in more humble surroundings. Jackson was a brash, strong-willed man. He first got his fame in 1815 when he defeated the British Army at New Orleans with his untrained militia. Then in 1818, he violated Spanish territory without any authorization and hung 2 Spanish subjects for supposedly aiding some of the Indians that were being hunted. He lost the election for presidency in 1824, and claimed it was done so by a "corrupt bargain" between Adams and Clay. He finally got his presidency in 1828 and most of his votes came from the West and South. When he was in office, he made it clear that he would " get his way" and he was labeled "King Jackson the First". He expanded the power of the President, supported a strong national government and used his power to get what he wanted. He vetoed 12 times in his 2 terms in office and his presidency was one of violence, and a sort of monarchy rule. While in office, Jackson strengthened the idea of " nationalism". Jackson firmly believed that the government should be restricted and be the "simple machine which the Constitution created". He ignored many of the decisions made by the Supreme Court when he felt that the common man would not benefit. Jackson had a strong personality and was well liked because he was a man of the people. He didn't make his view clear many times, but still received support from the people. He also used violence to get his way. A person was either for him or against him. Many of the actions taken by Jackson reinforced the new Jeffersonian Democracy. His actions were those of a strong President and a strong national government. They all were part of the rise of American nationalism. He vetoed bills he did not like and he threatened that he would use national troops in South Carolina to enforce the tariff.. His actions were not always consistent. He seemed to support a strong national government, but also was a states' rights champion when he didn't interfere when Georgia violated the Native Americans rights laid down by a federal treaty. One of his biggest actions however was the veto of the Second Bank of the United States. This awarded honest labor, and was a great setback for monopoly and aristocratism. Jackson took actions to try to benefit the common man, and strengthened American nationalism. Jackson's presidency mirrored American nationalism. American nationalism was growing, and the aristocracy was dying out. He was a common man, and stood up for the common people. His actions were all to push for a government that acted within the limits of the Constitution. That is showing nationalism by only allowing the government to do what the people have given it power to do. He also did what was in his power to better the common man in the economy. He did not like the National Bank because it hurt the common man, and strengthened the aristocrats and corporations. His actions were what became known as Jacksonian Democracy, and raised the American Nationalism. Jackson's time in office raised the American nationalism in many different ways. Jackson was the first true president of the common people, and he acted accordingly. Jackson believed in a strong, but limited national government, and he used it to benefit the common man. Throughout his presidency, he took many actions that led to the strengthening of American nationalism, the presidential powers and the power of the people.

 



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