US and World History II
Andrew Jackson; the Common Man or a Hypocrite
In the 1840s, Andrew Jackson introduced a new policy named the Universal White Male Suffrage. This policy called all white males the potential to elect the next president of the United States. As people began to question Jackson’s new universal white male suffrage policy, Jackson’s supporters roared “The people shall rule”. These words from Jackson’s supporters acted as an acquisition slogan to acquire more votes and attract people towards Jackson (Doc. B). Before the new policy, white males with land were able to vote. However most of the wealthy landowners who could vote did not vote. With Andrew Jackson’s new policy, both poor whites and wealthy whites were able to vote. Most of the states changed their presidential electors to be elected by the people from 1816 to 1836 (Doc. A). Andrew Jackson was democratic in his intentions of being a common man, however a plethora of his actions made allows historians to argue that he is undemocratic. His removal of Indians, removal of the second bank of the United States, and his political policies such as the rotation of offices and the Spoils system made him a man of many inspiration words with diverse actions.
Andrew Jackson was the “common man” among his white citizens. Their words were more imperative than the words of the minorities. When Citizens wanted to be safe from the minorities and move their businesses to the Indian land by mining the Indian land for rich minerals such as gold and iron, Andrew Jackson wanted to supply their demand by instituting a new act named the Indian Removal Act. Andrew Jackson knew that the Indians were civilized people who wanted to become farmers, similar to the Americans. Sequoya was living proof of the non-savage Indian Community. With influence from American culture and literature, Sequoya developed a writing system which consisted of 86 spoken Cherokee symbols...
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