Best Review of the Andrew Jackson Presidency

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. He was seen as a man of the people and used his relatability to gain popularity and win the election. During his presidency, he promoted nationalism even though the country was primarily sectionalist. He was responsible for more vetoes than anyone had ever done as President. Jackson was well known for his “Kitchen Cabinet” who were a group of unofficial advisors for President Jackson. Eventually some of these advisors gained formal positions.


Andrew Jackson as President
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Andrew Jackson as President


Andrew Jackson is often seen as a symbol of the rising power of the New West or as an embodiment of the rags-to-riches fable. Jackson was considered to be emblematic of the common man. Jackson wasn’t one of the elite, upper-class citizens that a lot of the presidents had been. Jackson was more of the common man. He started his life not as the son of a rich person, but as someone that was a little less well-off.


The rags-to-riches fable is showing that he started his life not particularly rich, but he was able to work his way up to being the president of the United States. He was emblematic of the common man. He was able to carry on conversations with everyday people. He wasn’t just speaking to the legislators. He wasn’t just speaking to other politicians. He was fine with doing meet and greets, and shaking hands, and actually getting in and talking to the people.


He actually invited regular citizens to come to his inauguration, and it did end up being overcrowded and chaotic. The president actually ended up having three ribs cracked, but he wanted to involve the common people. He wanted to be connected to all of the citizens of the United States. He spent much of his presidency trying to promote the idea of nationalism at a time when most of the country was strongly Sectionalist.


This is something that several of the presidents struggled with. Andrew Jackson was a strong nationalist. He did support states’ rights, but he supported nationalism more. He wanted everyone to think of the United States as one country, not as several different states that happened to make up a country. It was one country that happened to be divided up into states. A lot of the country was strongly sectionalist at this time.


They had close ties to their state, or their area of the country, and didn’t feel connected to the nation as a whole. That was something that Andrew Jackson tried to promote during his presidency. During his presidency, he also dominated Congress. He was very involved in Congress, attending sessions and vetoing more legislation than all of the previous presidents combined. Andrew Jackson got in there and he got dirty.


He got in there and made sure that if something wasn’t the way he wanted it, he was going to use his power to veto that legislation until it got to a place where he was happy with it. Andrew Jackson was good at getting what he wanted without pushing too far and alienating any one party. Jackson was also famous for his so-called kitchen cabinet. This was a group of close advisers without official positions.


These were a group of his friends. They advised him on political matters, but they didn’t actually have official positions in the White House. Many of these men later received formal appointments, such as: Secretary of State, Martin Van Buren; Postmaster General, Amos Kindl, who was also Andrew Jackson’s campaign manager during the 1828 campaign; and Secretary of the Treasury, Roger B. Tany. This is showing that Andrew Jackson did still support the spoils system.


People who were his supporters, his close advisers, would get positions within his White House, within his cabinet, any position within his power he would try to dole out to people that were his supporters, because as the victor of the election, he was able to give away the spoils. Andrew Jackson was seen as a common man. People saw him as an embodiment of the rags-to-riches fable. He started out not especially well-off.


He was an orphan by the age of 14, but he fought in the War of 1812. He showed that he was a good leader. He continued to show that he served as a member in state congress, and then slowly moved up. He was also seen as a symbol of the rising power of the new West, because he was very big on expansion into the West. Andrew Jackson was also strongly nationalist.


He wanted to promote the United States as one whole country united together and promoting support of the country as a whole over support of your individual state, or the section of the country in which you lived. In Congress, he vetoed more legislation than any of the past presidents combined. He was very active in Congress and he did favor the spoils system, giving out positions to men who were his close advisers.



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Last updated: 08/10/2018

 

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