The Jackson Era

 

Prepare: In Chapters 6 and 7, you will find how much the country changed since the 1780s. You will read that few presidents have placed their stamp on a period of American history to the same degree as Andrew Jackson; indeed, the second quarter of the 19th century is often referred to as the Age of Jackson. Jackson’s legacy, however, is more complex than is often realized. To complete this assignment, utilize the sources below in conjunction with Chapter 6.

Andrew Jackson’s Annual Message
Veto Message Regarding the Bank of the United States
President Jackson’s Proclamation Regarding Nullification

Reflect: As you read the assigned material, please consider that although Jackson was hailed as the champion of the “common man,” he was a wealthy slaveholder accustomed to getting his way and who presided during a time when citizenship and race became increasingly and explicitly intertwined. Consider how Jackson expanded executive powers, and also how he claimed to embody the nation because a majority of voters had elected him, yet few presidents have been so thoroughly despised by so many of their countrymen. To date, Jackson remains the only president to inspire the creation of a major political party formed primarily out of opposition to him.

Write: Please answer the following questions:

How did Jackson and his supporters transform the American political system? In other words, how did the Second Party System differ from the First?
In what specific ways was Jackson more democratic than his predecessors? Did his view of democracy extend to all Americans?
What were the most significant challenges Jackson faced during his presidency, and how did he address those challenges?
Why did so many Americans so fiercely oppose Jackson?

Writer must read ch 6 and ch 7 in order to complete this assignment.

Below is the required materials writer must read.

Stockwell, M. (2012). The American story: Perspectives and encounters to 1877. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Jackson, A. (1830). Andrew Jackson’s annual message [Transcript]. Retrieved from http://www.gilderlehrman.org/sites/default/files/inline-pdfs/Indian%20Removal.pdf

Jackson, A. (1832, July 10). Veto message regarding the Bank of the United States. Retrieved from http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/ajveto01.asp

Jackson, A. (1832, Dec. 10). President Jackson’s proclamation regarding nullification. Retrieved from http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/jack01.asp

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references according to APA style, as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center
 

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