Jacksonian Democracy Worksheet
Jackson and his followers, known as “Jacksonian Democrats” became popular in the 1920s and continued as one of the stronger of the political factions in America up until the time surrounding the election of James Buchanan. Jacksonians prided themselves on upholding the Constitution, political democracy, individual liberties, and economic opportunity. Jacksonian ideals did uphold the Constitution, but their view of themselves beside that is only partially accurate. As far as political democracy and equal economic opportunity, their view of themselves was somewhat true, while they did not protect individual liberties and this view of themselves is wildly inaccurate. Constitution
Nullification Crisis- The Nullification Crisis involved the “Tariff on Abominations” and South Carolina. South Carolina refused to abide by this tax that had been put into effect by the federal government. They feared that since this tax was on British goods, the British would place a tax on Southern cotton, and stated that any of the states could declare a law unconstitutional. If the law was not modified or overturned the state could either abide by it anyway or secede. They even raised a militia to defend themselves. Jackson responded by having Congress pass the Force Bill, which allowed him to raise an army and go to South Carolina to put down the rebellion. This upheld the Constitution as Jackson was enforcing federal laws. (A compromise was reached between the state and federal government and battle was avoided.) Veto of the Maysville Road Bill- The Maysville Road Bill proposed expansion of the National Road in through Kentucky. Jackson, however, vetoed this bill as the entire expanse of road that was going to be added was in Kentucky and should be paid for with Kentucky’s own funds, not national funds. He cited the ninth amendment and how any powers not listed in the Constitution as federal powers should falls to the states (including paying for...
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