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Jacksonian Democrats

During antebellum America, the Jacksonian ***** were created. This was a group that viewed *****mselves as protectors of the common people. A powerful executive whose goal ***** to destroy aris*****cracy in *****merica, Andrew Jackson, ruled the Jacksonian Democrats. (Schlesinger)

*****, this group was not made up ***** ***** common people. The Jacksonian ***** were a wealthy ***** that supported equality between white men, enacted radical economic policies, and disregarded any capabilities of the federal government. M***** say ***** the group was not the introducers ***** democracy in America but rather users of the system for their own benefit.

During the early 1800's, ***** United States was growing at a rapid pace. A market revolution took place as cash-crop agriculture ***** capitalist manufacturing replaced the artisan economy. However, this prosperity cre*****ed a split between the industrializing, urban north, agrarian, rural South, and the expanding West.

The Jacksonians passed ***** Tariff ***** 1828, creating opportunities for western agriculture and New England manufacturing. (Latner) But this tariff crushed the South. Andrew Jackson and ***** ***** felt that the U.S. bank placed too much control in the h*****s of a selected, rich *****. So Jackson vetoed the bank's recharter ***** 1832, in an attempt to ***** the poorer, blue-collar workers. Federal money ***** then placed in "pet" state banks.

***** believed that this veto would *****crease the economic ***** of the United States. Jackson believed ***** the bank was monopolistic, therefore unconstitutional, even though the bank was declared constitutional in 1819. (Sellers) In Jackson's op*****ion, this monopoly would favor the ***** citizens and be detrimental to the ***** *****. Therefore, the ***** was ***** allowing for ***** equality.

The effect was destabilizing ***** the national currency. It decreased specie in markets and displayed favoritism in Jacksonian policies. This effort failed and ultimately spred inflation, which ***** Treasury Act of 1840 could not stop. ********** tried to assist whites through economic policies but was ***** successful.

***** Democrats believed that they ***** defending the common man but many ***** ended up seeing them as an inefficient *****d corr*****t group. Their *****s to further reform movements wound up decreasing ***** opportunity. While ***** supported state rights and individuality, they were also strong nationalists.

***** example, in the Nullification Crisis, Jackson threatened to use force against the nullifiers. In addition, he issued a proclamation, which prevented ********** Carolina from nullifying ***** tariffs. Jackson went against state rights by doing *****. (Latner) This demonstrates how ***** *****ok his powers of presidency beyond what was allotted to him in ***** Constitution. T***** Jacksonians justified this action by say*****g that the Constitution called for a single nation and not a le*****gue ***** states as South Carolina ***** *****. There*****e, the ***** felt he w***** defending the Constitution.

Jacksonians strived to preserve ***** unifying principles that the Constitution contained, but acted in contempt of it when ********** asserted the overwhelming power of the executive branch. Jacksonian democracy did allow more people to vote than ever before ***** made government

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