Jacksonian Democracy Dbq Essay

1064 Words Mar 25th, 2008 5 Pages
Jacksonian Democrats help create a more democratic America and because of this, believed themselves to be many things, real and fictional. In most cases they perceived themselves as defenders of equal economic opportunity, even though they sometimes put their own interests before those of the people. They also thought of themselves as guardians of political democracy, while at the same time using class differences to their advantage and emotionalized speeches, lacking real intellectual merit, to stir support. Jacksonian Democrats felt that they were the protectors of the Constitution and of individual liberties but many times they put their rivalry with the Northeastern industry and Whig politics before these things. While Jacksonians …show more content…
Finally the spoils system was clearly undemocratic. It advocated the employment of uneducated people unfit for government positions for no reason other than that they had supported Andrew Jackson. This system denies able minded people the right to contribute and instead replaces them with people who have no right being in government at all. In one case a man named Samuel Swartwout was given the position of Collector of Customs in New York fled to Europe with over a million dollars that belonged to the American government. Jacksonians felt that they were the guardians of the Constitution and defenders of individual liberty. As a President Andrew Jackson felt that he was responsible to the common people as he was their elected leader. This influenced him in many decisions. However, when he defied the Supreme Court in the Worcester v. Georgia case, saying, "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it," he was clearly defying the Constitution and the individual liberties of the Cherokees because of a personal vendetta with John Marshall. After this he moved thousands of Native Americans, killing more than half, saying it was for the good of the common man (G). He also vetoed the bill for an interstate road through Kentucky claiming it was unconstitutional to make internal improvements. Document F influenced Jackson toward anti-abolition, a view he clearly expressed in has 1835 annual message to

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