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
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.