Andrew Jackson,Our Country's Menace

Our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, was a zero for the people

3 Reasons why Andrew Jackson was a Zero for the People

By: Sebastian Abrea

Andrew Jackson’s Unfair “Spoils System”

The “Spoils System” was a system that started around during Andrew Jackson’s presidency. In this, Andrew Jackson and his political party gave public office and roles to Jacksonian supporters during the election. This was a very negative aspect of Andrew Jackson’s presidency because in assigning promised public office to supporters, very qualified and experienced politicians were replaced with many who were considered as common man.

Andrew Jackson’s Forced Indian Removal Act

The Indian Removal Act, the most controversial aspect of Jackson’s presidency, was an act that was signed by Andrew Jackson on May 28th, 1830 and authorized President Jackson to grant and force Native American tribes to the west of the Mississippi River. Because of Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act, about 4,000 Cherokees died because of multiple poor conditions such as insufficient supplies while in march to the west, commonly known as the dreaded “Trail of Tears”.

Andrew Jackson’s Unruly Nullification Crisis

The Nullification Crisis was a sectional crisis that occurred in regards to the taxes of 1828 and 1832. These two taxes upset the south and more so for South Carolina as South Carolina had an agricultural-based economy and was very dependent on imports. South Carolina decided to nullify the taxes and threatened to secede if the government interfered. In reaction to this, Congress passed the force bill which allowed Andrew Jackson to threaten South Carolina with an army against them. Andrew Jackson threatened them and made South Carolina agree to accepting the compromise tariff of 1833. This event is a clear example of how President Jackson took advantage of his executive role and overpowered the states.

Andrew Jackson, the "King" of the US

In this political cartoon, Andrew Jackson is depicted as a monarch holding a veto sign and is on a torn US Constitution. Andrew Jackson is a king in this picture because it shows the opinions of some of Jackson's opponents that Andrew Jackson abused the power of the Executive Branch (as depicted in the torn US Constitution), by vetoing and refusing many decisions like the Bank Recharter Bill (as depicted by the veto sign Andrew Jackson is holding).
Age of Jackson: Crash Course US History #14