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Jacksonian Democracy was a movement for more democracy in the American government in the 1830s. This particular movement was led by President Andrew Jackson. Jackson had wanted more rights for the common man, and wanted to eliminate all aristocracy in the American nation. This democracy would be aided by the people of the recently established settlements in the South and West. The Jacksonian Democrats had referred to themselves as to be guardians of the Constitution, by giving economic opportunities and more political democracy as well as individual liberty. Before his presidency, the Era of Good Feelings had just come to an end after the Panic of 1819. When Jackson had taken office in 1828, he knew this was going to be a difficult transition for him as well as the American people.

In regards to the Jacksonian Democrats guarding the United States Constitution, they had pretty much followed it to a strict interpretation. For example, the Maysville Road Bill in 1830. Jackson had opposed to concentrating power in the federal government or of aristocratic institutions. He had argued that the bill was unconstitutional and because the road had lain within the state of Kentucky, and not, therefore, a part of interstate commerce. Jackson had favored states’ rights and believed that the federal government should not interfere or over step the boundaries of state affairs. However, Jackson was sometimes not always consistent in his strict guardianship of the Constitution. One reason was the Tariff of 1828, also known as the tariff abominations. Angry over the win of John Quincy Adams election in 1824, quite a few of Jackson supporters wanted to embarrass Adams and his administration. The tariff would be for items like manufactured goods. Jacksonians had hoped to get people to think that Adams favored the New England territory over the rest of the nation. Little did Jackson know that in the election of 1828, he did not need to try and...
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