Andrew Jackson Political Cartoon Analysis

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During the new party system of Jackson’s age a new political culture began to arise. Politicians were now starting seeking mass appeal and began to focus more on images than on substance. Naturally, in the same way that a politician may have positively promoted himself, other politicians strived to negatively portray their opponent. Under Jackson’s rule, many things happened that caused for nationwide upset. When the election of 1836 was nearing, Jackson’s opponents strived to make look bad by means of mass appeal. Because of the nullification crisis, Cherokee removal act, and the bank war, Jackson was criticized by his enemies, and was portrayed as a poor character. Visual elements such as symbols, colors, and even the details are key players in an image because they allow the artist to relay a message with little or no words. This cartoon is in black and white, so there is nothing that stands out much in that respect. The first thing you notice when you look at this cartoon is Andrew Jackson in the exact center if the piece. Jackson appears to be very old and emotionless; his cheeks are sunken in, his face is wrinkly, and his eyes and mouth show no sign of expression. Along with that, he is dressed up as kind George III. He has the crown, the robe, the lavish cape—which has designs on it that direct the focus to his head, and fancy shoes. There is also a war medallion that hangs around his neck. In one of his hands he is wielding a scepter in an upright, aggressive manner and in his other hand, he is holding a document that reads “veto”. Jackson appears to be standing on top of a torn paper that is the Constitution of the United States, and as well as another torn paper that is the Internal Improvements. On the ground in front of Jackson is the book of the Supreme Court. The room that Jackson is standing in seems to be royally adorned. Behind Jackson there is
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