President Andrew Jackson; A Fallicy
President Andrew Jackson was one of the better embodiments of the “American Dream.” His humble beginnings made him a common man, while his vast intellect and determination made him successful. Throughout his presidency, Andrew Jackson was praised for acting on the behalf of the ordinary Americans. Yet, his personal motivations and interests that influenced his actions were often contradictory. Jackson’s first term was distinguished by private opinions altering his executive decisions as president. His opposition to the recharter of the Bank of the United States was influenced from his great loss of wealth in the Panic of 1795, Wall Street’s first financial crisis, when stocks’ value depreciated rapidly. Jackson despised Indians from previous military encounters, influencing his decision to remove the Indians from eastern territory. His opposition to the states’ rights to nullify or state that a federal law was unconstitutional was a contradiction to the Jacksonian Democracy. It values states having more voice than the federal government -- his personal affairs once again playing a role by swaying him to want to defeat his old vice-president John C. Calhoun who betrayed him in the matter. Jackson’s conduct involving these issues was not on the behalf of the common man, his controversial decisions were closely entertwined with his own personal opinions and experiences.
Jackson brought his rural background to office, portraying himself as the friend to the “common man.” As a child, he grew up in rural Carolina territory with a single mother. With only a primitive education, he swayed the polls of the 1828 Presidential Election in his favor, by his mastering of “the liberal rhetoric -- to speak for the common man.”1 Promptly after becoming the President of the United States, he broke many traditions, including hosting an elegant reception and opening the White House to the public. The riotous affair upset many of the upper...
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