President Andrew Jackson
"The Common Man"
The Nullification Crisis
After the Tariff of 1828 and the Tariff of 1832 were passed, the South became outraged. Their economy tanked because they heavily relied on imports. South Carolina became so angry that they threatened to secede from the United States. Because of this threat, the Force Bill was passed by Congress. This gave Jackson the power to use the US Army however he would like. After threats from Jackson, South Carolina gave in and accepted the 1833 Compromise Tariff.
The Corrupt Bargain
In the 1824 election, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote, but the electoral vote was a draw. The winner of the election had to be decided by the House of Representatives. Even though Jackson deserved to win because he won the popular vote, this wasn't the case. John Quincy Adams made a deal with the speaker of the House of Representatives, Henry Clay. The deal was that John Quincy Adams would be granted his presidency over Andrew Jackson, and in return, Henry Clay would be given Secretary of State. Since the election was rigged, this deal was dubbed the "Corrupt Bargain".
The Indian Removal Act
In order to remove the Indians from land that white people wanted to settle in, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, which let Congress negotiate with the Indians about them leaving. But after the Cherokees won the Worcester v Georgia case, Jackson decided to take matters into his own hands. The Supreme Court ruling stated that the Cherokees were a sovereign nation and that Georgia could not interfere with them. However, Jackson bypassed this ruling which he was able to do because there were so many people supporting him that wanted the Indians to leave as well. After Jackson's victory in the election of 1832, he was able to follow through with removing the Indians. He made the Indians move west of Mississippi with a two year notice, and in return they received money. After the two years ended, the Indians were forced to move west.
The election of 1824 was complete nonsense! Jackson clearly won the popular vote but Clay and Adams are dirty. I do believe this was "corrupt" as well. I think that the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 were completely fine. South Carolina was just being little baby about the whole thing, because the government needs to make money for christ's sake! I think Jackson did the right thing in order to stop this rebellion at once. Also, the Indian Removal Act had to be done. The Indians were using land that we needed, so there had to be a way to get them off of it!
Thankfully, Jackson did not win the election of 1824. He is not fit to guide this country; he is a terrible leader. Even though Adams made that deal with Clay, he had to do what he had to do and that's that. These Tariffs that have been passed, are ridiculous! Is this just a big prank or a joke? Thankfully, South Carolina revolted and woke Jackson up, he is insane! Also he just tossed out the Indians like they were garbage! He didn't even help them leave or anything, he just threw them out in the cold. The Supreme Court ruled that they shouldn't be bothered, so why nudge them. I think we should've let them be, but Jackson is just off his rocker.
Andrew Jackson Political Cartoon
This political cartoon represents Jackson beating John Quincy Adams in the election of 1828. Jackson beat Adams by a large number of people in the popular vote, and he beat Adams in the electoral vote respectively. Jackson wiped the floor in the election, and he kicked Adams out of office, so Jackson hanging Adams is a way of showing that he ended Adams' presidency.