Andrew Jackson: Common Man or Corrupt Politician?

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Justina Jude Period 2 APUSH To the common man, having a dark horse run for president is something like a dream come true. A candidate who understands the people and fights for them is the wish of anyone unrepresented in government. That’s probably what the majority of the population felt when Andrew Jackson ran for president. Here was a self-made man who knew the needs of the people and fought for them. While the Jacksonian Era is viewed as the “era of the common man”, the fact remains that while Jackson knew what the people wanted, he wasn’t entirely a man “by the people, for the people”. While Jackson was a smart and passionate politician, he wasn’t as clever and Thomas Jefferson or as economic as Henry Clay. However, where he lacked substance, he made up in passion, ambition and charisma. The Jacksonian era, to some extend was the “era of the common man”; however the tensions beneath the surface of the smooth delusion of persuasion told a different story. First off, Jackson makes his mark by appeasing the people and standing up for the in politics. For people who did not representation, this was a refreshing break into the heavily guarded world of politics. By understanding that their president, to some extent, was fighting for them in the uncharted territory of tariffs and taxes gained Jackson massive public support. Inspiring people with messages and political statements like the veto message in Document 2 leads to amazing statistics and voter turnout shown in Document F. Document C described how under Jackson’s presidency was made sure that there were no exclusive privileges. That meant that Jackson, at least to the best of his ability made sure that he kept some level of equality. The way he blatantly tells the truth but still gets away with masking the greater revelation is just another way he was a clever politician, even if he didn’t mean to be.
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