The uproar of the people of the U.S. was heard after the corrupted elections of 1824. It wasn’t until 1828, the year the Jacksonians came into power and satisfied the popular demand after a mudslinging battle against the aristocrats. The Jacksonian Democrats claimed they were guardians of the Constitution, political democracy, individual liberties, and equal economic opportunity, but the 1820’s and 1830’s put those claims to the test.
The Jacksonian Democrats claimed they were guardians of the Constitution. Their strict interpretation led them against a national bank and towards power of individual states; however the national bank had already been proven constitutional in McCulloch v. Maryland. Jackson vetoed the Bank of the U.S. failing to guard the Constitution (Doc. B). Jackson also failed to guard the Constitution by not realizing the state’s rights were encroaching and threatening to the national government (Doc. C). Jackson went against the Constitution once again when he violated the 1st Amendment by having the U.S. Post Office conceal abolitionist mail supposed to be delivered to the South (Doc. F). When the Cherokee Indians appealed to the Supreme Court in Worcester v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Indians, but neither Georgia nor Jackson ever enforced or upheld their decision (Doc. G). Jacksonian Democrats did not guard the Constitution.
Although the Jacksonian Democrats failed to guard the Constitution, they did uphold their claims of political democracy. When Jackson took office he expanded he right to vote, property was no longer a voting requirement. Jackson also held the first nominating conventions which were then adopted by the major political parties. Instead of appointed officials, people’s inauguration was used. Jackson implemented the spoils system which led to the most harmonious political system the United States had seen. One of the main reasons for Jackson’s popularity was his...
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