Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams

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Andrew Jackson

Prior to winning the presidential election in 1828, Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams shared deep hatred for each other. When Jackson won the presidential election, his popularity created the age of Jacksonian democracy. It replaced the Jeffersonian democracy, where Jefferson had created a nation governed by middle and upper-class educated property holders. Jackson was a symbol of an age because he represented the common man, was a beloved hero and was a leader who shared similar prospective as the American people. One of the most significant reasons for Jackson’s popularity during his time period was because he was unlike any other president. He was not born into an aristocratic family like the previous presidents. Therefore was a self-made man, who had started out as a poor farmer then climbed the social ladder to become a wealthy plantation owner. The people placed their trust in Jackson like no other president before, they admired him and believed that he would fight for them, unlike the other presidents who were born wealthy, who did not understand the true prospective of the “people.” Jackson eventually proved the people correct because he did take actions that were eventually for the benefit of the people. For example, when the Second Bank of the United States failed because Jackson vetoed Congress’ attempt to recharter the Bank. Jackson felt the bank benefited the rich at the expense of farmers, so by withdrawing federal funds and depositing those in state banks, the rich did not receive a chance to benefit from the bank. Also, because the United States treasurer was required to deposit United States funds in this bank and this effectively allowed the Second Bank to print money and therefore devalue the dollar. The deposit of United States Treasury funds gave the Second Bank a monopoly on the issue of dollars, and consequently gave the ability to manipulate wars and the United States economy.  Jackson was also a professional officer....
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