Andrew Jackson: Friend Or Foe?

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During Andrew Jackson’s presidency, Jackson emphasized the use of his own personal views and ideas. His course of action was significantly different than any other president the country had previously encountered, which led to strife within the Union. Over the course of his presidency, Jackson dealt with nullification in the South, attacked the national bank, and displaced hundreds of Native Americans from their homeland. Andrew Jackson and the rash actions he took had a negative impact on the growth of the United States. Jackson exercised the full extent of his presidential power during his presidency, which turned out to be a decisive tool in controlling congressional power. To increase trade within the country, Congress passed various tariffs on exports. The high tariff of manufactured goods reduced British exports to the U.S., which resulted in Britain buying less cotton. With the lack of British goods, the South was forced to buy more expensive products from the North. Because the South felt that the North was getting richer at their expense, John C. Calhoun, the vice-president and South Carolina native, created a nullification theory that argued for the states’ right to nullify a federal law it found unconstitutional. When the Tariff of 1828 was issued, South Carolina sought to nullify it and even threatened to secede from the Union. The infuriated Jackson urged Congress to pass the Force Bill, which allowed the federal government to use military force if state authorities resisted paying proper duties, however, Henry Clay devised a compromise to settle the dispute. South Carolina gave up, yet Jackson’s stubbornness had almost pushed a state to secede from the Union. Jackson acted too hastily and forcefully, and if not for Clay, there would have been civil strife. These thoughtless actions taken by Jackson increased the conflict between North and South, which
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