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In American history, political parties have often taken responsibility of preserving the foundation in which America rested upon. The Jacksonian Democrats, during their existence from 1829 to 1841, led a "crusade" where they heavily maintained the principles of the United States Constitution, protected individual liberties, and provided equality of economic opportunity. Jacksonian Democracy is a type of democracy that the people should be governed as little as possible and that whatever governing that is taking place, should be done directly by the people for the people. The Bank of the United States, operating under Nicholas Biddle since 1823, was a significant conflict to the jacksonian democratic views. Many of the BUS’s enemies opposed it because it was too powerful and questioned its constitutionality. In 1832, a bill to recharter the Bank of the United States, promoted by Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, was submitted to President Jackson for signature, which he flatly vetoed on the grounds that it was not constitutional. He believed that it was unconstitutional for a single financial institution to profit from a monopoly on foreign and domestic exchange. Furthermore, Jackson wanted to protect the common man from a powerful institution, which was only led by few wealthy businessmen. The Bank of the United States was seen as an "evil" which tried to usurp the freedom of the common man. The BUS is a prime example of the opposite view of what jacksonian democracy stands for because it limits the rights of the people and their individual liberties. This can be an example of an overall theme of revolutionary legacies because the Jacksonian Democracy is continuing some of the common principles during the Adams presidency by which the people will rule. The Jacksonian Democracy also called the “New Democracy” was based on universial white manhood suffrage rather then the old property qualifications This change was for the improving rights and laws of the people....
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