Andrew Jackson Essay

1019 WordsMay 17, 20135 Pages
During the turn of the 17 century, America’s citizens recognized the nation was poised for change, permanently transforming the way our nation’s leaders are chosen. Broad adjustments in electoral process gave the common man more of a voice in the government. First, by allowing all white men the ability to vote, not just land owners. Also by allowing the electors to be elected by the people, and not the state legislature, American citizens had a more direct connection to the electors of the presidency. By the year 1828, these changes were accepted by almost all the states and with the support of the American people had helped elect Andrew Jackson, one of the most controversial presidents of his time. After being born to a poor South Carolina family, Jackson managed to become a rich landowner and noteworthy lawyer and politician. Along with being the hero of the war of 1812 with his crushing victory in the battle of New Orleans, Jackson was the most popular man in America. He started his quest for the presidency when John Quincy Adams became president in 1824. He accused John and Henry Clay to have a “corrupt bargain”; he then decided to create his own political party to beat Adams in the next election. Being a president of the people and extremely popular with the common man, he was a shoe in for the 1828 presidency. Now if you think about it, if you really looked at all the things he has done, you would probably agree we me and say this Jackson guy has done a pretty good job as president. Right from the very beginning of his term, he was a president that liked to get involved. It’s good to finally get a president who actually gets things done, not like another Adams. He was a new breed of president. He believed that the president should take an active role in the making of governmental policies. Along with exerting the power of the presidency, like the

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