Presidential Outline Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson was the sixth president of the United States and played a great role in the development of the nation and it’s diplomatic and military powers. His policies had both positive and negative effects on the state of the nation at the time, and on its future development. These policies, and their implications and effects, carry great weight when determining the caliber of president at which Andrew Jackson can be evaluated. Throughout his time as president, Andrew Jackson dealt with many diplomatic issues, military issues, and internal issues in ways that would have a positive effect on the nation at the time and in the future. One major political and military issue that he handled well was the Treaty of Ghent. The British had originally proposed unfavorable terms to the Americans in order to end the War of 1812, when America was losing severely. When most men would have accepted to end the war, Madison held out and when the Americans began to win battles the British had to agree to a more favorable treaty. This had a positive impact on America as a nation as well as the way it was viewed by foreign nations. Macon’s bill #2 also had a positive affect on the United States in the short term, as it reopened trade with France and England, and for a short time just France, which had been America’s greatest commercial sources of trade. That is how President Madison’s actions positively impacted the United States. Andrew Jackson, throughout his term, also performed several actions that had negative impacts on the nation. One such action was the chartering of the Second National Bank of the United States. While the bank provided an efficient method by which the war debts of the United States could be handled, it also created division amongst the American people. This led to a decrease in unity amongst the states, which negatively impacted the nation. Another
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