Andrew Jackson Dbq

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Andrew Jack, our seventh president, was admired by many. He was said to be the common man and to this day has been one of the most famous presidents yet. Although he was preferred it is historically inaccurate to associate Andrew Jacksons name with democracy, because many of his actions were undemocratic, including the passage of the tariff of 1828, his Indian Removal policy, and his spoils systems. An example of Jackson’s undemocratic actions was the Indian Removal Act. In 1830 Jackson and congress passed this act which removed Indians by force east of Mississippi, in 1831 the Cherokees sued Georgia but the Supreme Court ruled that their nation was not a foreign nation so they could still be removed. A year later the Supreme Court ruled that Georgia couldn’t impose laws on them so they could stay. Jackson didn’t listen and moved the, away in what is now known as the Trail of Tears. This was undemocratic because no one is supposed to go against the Supreme Court’s rulings and Jackson did it anyway. The next example of something undemocratic that Jackson did was the Spoils System. In the Spoils System Jackson appointed unqualified people to his cabinet just because they were his loyal supporters. He said that they needed to have people that weren’t just the loyal and the elite but that were just an excuse. That was undemocratic because Jackson didn’t have what was best for the people in mind. That should be the highest priority being a president and in this situation it wasn’t. The tariff of 1828 was also an example of one of Jackson’s undemocratic actions. Also called the “Tariff of Abominations” no one agreed with it. Jackson had placed taxes on all foreign goods but the south was upset because they rely heavily on imports. This was undemocratic because he went against what the people wanted and this was unfair. For the most part a lot of Jackson’s actions
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