Andrew Jackson

Hero or Villain?

Andrew's Childhood

Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw settlement, a community of Scotch-Irish immigrants along the border between North and South Carolina. He considered himself a South Carolina native. His father died before he was born. Andrew's mother, and him and his two brothers moved in with their relatives. Jackson attended local schools, receiving an elementary education and a lot of higher learning.

Jackson's Politics

Jackson's U.S. Presidency

Jackson didn't submit to Congress in policy making, but was the first president to assume command with his power to veto. He believed in giving the power to elect the president and vice president to the American people by destroying the electoral college, garnering him the nickname the "people's president." He also implied the theory of rotation in office, which became known as the spoils system. Perhaps his greatest success as president, Jackson became involved in a battle with the Second Bank of the United States, a theoretically private corporation that actually served as a government-sponsored monopoly. Jackson openly displayed his hostility toward the bank, vetoing its re-charter bill and charging it with disproportionate economic privilege. The American public supported his views on the issue, and in 1832, Jackson won his re-election campaign against Henry Clay; he won his second term with 56 percent of the popular vote, and nearly five times as many electoral votes. He became 7th president of the U.S.A Despite his popularity and success, Jackson's presidency was not without its controversies. One particularly troubling aspect of it was his dealings with Native Americans. Though Jackson had negotiated treaties and removal policies long before his presidency.

Praise Jackson

A lot of people think Andrew Jackson shouldn't be praised. I think he should because, when he gained power instead of killing he went and fought for his peoples freedom.When war started in 1812, Jackson immediately offered the government the 2500 Tennessee militiamen under his command. He was told to take his men to New Orleans, he led them as far as Natchez, one thousand miles down river from Nashville, where he was ordered to release his troops without pay or provisions. Jackson got mad and refused to disband his men and through hard work and braveness he held his command together as he led them on an arduous month-long march home.

Promoting Democracy

Andrew Jackson was a great inspiration of Thomas Jefferson and his democratic ideas. They both believed that the President should help the common people. "Equal rights for all, special privileges for none," was one of Jackson's slogans.

Jackson served two terms as President. During those eight year he showed how powerful a strong President could be. He had carried out his policies against determined opponents. He had vetoed more bills than all the Presidents before him combined and he had defied the Supreme Court.