Jacksonian Democrats DBQ Essay

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IVY After the Second War of Independence, Jackson’s reputation was prominent. In 1824, with the support of the party which most from the western, Jackson's first attempt of the road leading to the White
House failed. Until the election of 1828, more social forces supported him and called themselves
Democrats. he got more supporters than the previous president John Q. Adams. Thus, Jackson won the role of president from John Q. Adams. While, Jacksonian Democrats mistakenly viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, and the individual liberty.
However, he did give same economic opportunity, but only to the American citizens. The Spoils system, Native Americans,issue of American societies, and the veto of the bank can extremely prove those. Soon after the election, the spoils system started. Jackson believed in appointing people to federal jobs according to whether they had actively campaigned for the Democratic party. Any previous office holders who was not democrats got fired. Taking this to a consideration, Jacksonian Democrats were not the guardians of economic opportunity. Jackson said the “rotation in office” which he called the spoils system as was to prevent a small group of wealthy people from controlling the government. But actually, this started the corruption of American governments. Unquestionably, he only provided political democracy to some people who were on his side, but he didn’t provide it to all the officers. In 1832, South Carolina declared the high Tariff “null and void” and threatened to secede. Jackson didn’t agree that because he thought it would enhance his reputation. In 1833, the Force Bill passed. It required South Carolina to collect duties, otherwise Jackson would send 50,000 troops to enforce to collect the tariff. However, the result was the Gag Rule which made whites treated slaves tighter(Doc.
F). This indicates Jacksonians were not the guidance of the constitution as they didn’t abolish slavery, but made the law stricter.

Whites continued to move to southwest rapidly because they wanted to buy cotton farming land to make profits. Five civilized tribes got angry. One of the tribes called Cherokee sued Georgia because
Georgia seized about nine million acres from Cherokee. They made it to the supreme court in 1831.
John Marshall said that they were neither American citizens not foreign country, they couldn’t sue. One year later, Worcester, an US citizen, helped Cherokee sue Georgia. John Marshall agreed with him this time and said Georgia couldn’t control the Cherokee or their territory. However, Georgia ignored that and Jackson was on its side. He sent the Cherokee down the "Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma (Doc. G).
From this we can see there was no individual liberty for Native Americans. In the same year,
Abolitionist, which means antislavery,