When President Jackson was elected he raised a high amount of controversy with his new view of democracy, which followed, almost, radical ideals. The Jacksonian Democrats, in retrospect, were just individuals who followed Jackson’s profound views of democracy. Jacksonian Democrats claimed they wanted to preserve and protect the individual liberty of all Americans, and give equal opportunities to all Americans. However, Andrew Jackson’s actions contradicted his claims that he stated before his presidency. He stated he stood for the common man, and his actions as president hindered his statements pointless. His actions as president that gave more ability to better off families shows that his followers did, in fact, not have the individual liberty of all as their number one priority and overall not their ultimate plan.
As a result the true views of the Jacksonian democrats are exposed and they did not follow the strict ideals they stated they would follow. Although the Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as protectors of individual liberty they, in fact, were not working for the betterment of all the people of the United states, therefore their view of themselves as protectors of individual liberty is false.Jacksonians wanted the average person, a person that grew up with no special purpose, to be part of their government. This was one of the things President Jackson advertised when he was running for president, he stated he grew up a common man and that he wanted the common man in the government. They wanted to include this new addition to the government to insure that equality for all was reached. (Doc.
A). This is an example of how much the Jacksonians wanted to preserve individual liberty for the lower class. The authors point of view shows how he supports political democracy and he wants more individual liberty for the less fortunate.
We see the president before Andrew Jackson was not giving the common men equal opportunities. People had also been viewed as independent citizens who could solve their own controversies in government offices (Doc. D). This shows how the Jacksonians used this tactic to get a backing for Andrew Jackson’s presidency run. Harriet Martineau’s outsider view he demonstrates is for the purpose of relating to common Americans.
The audience pardons the political democracy in America and Europe. So we see Andrew Jackson’s view of the upper classes develop. He seems to dislike them based on the fact that they were upper class, and tended to favor the lower class “common man” that he grew up as.Even though he was a big supporter of more liberty for the “common man” he was also a large supporter of slavery, and also disliked anyone that was not white. In document G the Indians are being forced out of their home for Jacksons own good. So this demonstrates the racism he felt, he thought as if the Indians were not as important as the Americans and he took them out of their home. Oppression of blacks continued and with came ongoing slavery and plantation life.
He seemed to care so deeply regarding the “common man” but seems to completely ignore the blacks rights. This shows the Jacksonians did not protect individual liberty for all because they left out the blacks. Document F shows us the laws Jackson set up to try and contain and restrict the slaves of America.
This also proves how the Jacksonians did not have the blacks on their mind when they stated they support individual liberty.When Andrew Jackson was elected, because of the common man image of himself he displayed throughout his campaign, he was celebrated. This was because he was one of the first the regular people saw as a man who cared about the common man’s place in government. This proves that Jackson favored the common man and gave more power to them, being one himself.
The election occurred during a democratic reform. In document C it shows how Jacksons ideas created a barrier between the higher and lower classes of America. By favoring the lower classes Jackson created a hatred among poor and rich.Indian Removal Act came from westward expansion which was occuring in America at this time. Jackson used force to remove the Indians from their original place they lived in.
Document G we see the bad conditions on the trail of tears which came from a action issued by Jackson. This shows how the Jacksonian views on Indians contradicted their “protection of individual liberty” instead of protecting their individual liberty by keeping them in their original home, Jackson sent thousands of Indians to be relocated for the benefit of other Americans. This did not protect the liberties of the indians and instead, for the benefit of American whites he removed them.
Jacksons men did not treat Indians well on the trail of tears and hundreds of Native Americans ended up dead. Overall, it’s seen that the Jacksonians did not follow the standards they said they followed. Instead, they did not give all of the Americans equal opportunity like they stated, instead they gave more opportunity to others based upon race, wealth, and social status. Its seen that the Jacksonians focus more on lower class, and white people, they seem to neglect higher class and colored people, because Andrew Jackson was racist and disliked the rich because he grew up middle class. Andrew Jackson treated Indians with less liberties than others and used military force to remove them from where they originally lived. And this resulted in the death of many Native Americans. His favoritism for the lower class resulted in a hatred between the two classes of people which led to tension.
So the Jacksonians did not follow through with what they stated they do, and instead they were selfish for the individual liberties they claimed the protected.