Jackson’s followers were common men who believed in the rights for the lower and working classes, strict interpretation of the constitution,and democracy instead of a republic. Many of his followers were inspired when Jackson rose from little education and social opportunity and took President, and they knew he would protect their rights and fight for the “Common man ,” instead of the elite. Supporters and followers of Andrew Jackson believed they were the guardians of the Constitution and political democracy, however they failed to establish equal opportunity for women, blacks, or native Americans, and they overlooked key issues such as the national bank because they felt it threatened the democratic society. Jackson’s followers wanted to protect the constitution and the ideas it represented. They agreed with Jackson that the bank was a monopoly created to take their money, so naturally they opposed it. They thought it limited them and gave the elites power, and was too full of foreign investment. (Doc B) &(Doc C) The believed in a strict interpretation of the constitution, which would only allow for what was necessary, which the bank didn’t seem to be from their opinions. Jackson used his veto power to destroy the bank. The veto of the bank would later on be detrimental and cause the depression of 1830, once Jackson is out of office. Jackson tried to suppress non slave states from publishing abolishment articles, which he thought was constitutional. (Doc F) Also when the debate over the Constitutionality of the movement of the Native Americans ensued, Jackson refused to listen to the federal court ruling in Worcester vs. Georgia. In a way this was going against the constitution, because in the Constitution it is clear that is the President’s duty to carry out the federal court’s decisions and instead he disobeyed it and forced the Indians to move west. (Doc G) This is one way Jackson’s followers bent their interpretation of the...
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