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Differences Of Thomas Jefferson And Andrew Jackson

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Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were very different in the ways they grew up, their attitudes towards things, and especially they way they did things as leaders. Along the way though, there seemed to be quite a few similarities between them as well. Jefferson and Jackson did many things to help their country. They both had their own way of doing things the way chose to. Growing up, Jackson and Jefferson lived very different lives. Jackson grew up in North Carolina, not having very much money at all, or even a family to lean on. So, at the age of twenty-one, he made the decision to head to Tennessee and start a new life. There, he became a successful lawyer, and also became a slave owner. He was first recognized when he won the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. It was a sight to see and he started to become popular because going into that battle, he was considered the underdog against the British. He also met a girl named Rachel Donelson. Rachel was separating from her previous husband when she and Jackson met. When the divorce was final, Rachel and Andrew Jackson married. In March of 1829 he was chosen to be the President of the United States of America. He had a little difficulty during the elections, because many thought that he and Rachel had gotten married before the divorce was final. In the end, he was still elected. Jackson’s attitude was almost rotten. He had a very hot temper and even got into a couple of fights that ended in gun shots. Jackson was very forceful toward Congress when it came to them considering his opinions. He was the first president to veto the most times during his term in office. He also believed that the President should control the government. He himself felt that he had to be in control of eve... ... middle of paper ... ...e changed things for the better, and was the most effective leader compared to Jackson. Jefferson opened free public schools for white men that would change their generation for the better, he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and passed a bill that separated religion from freedom, and he was even against slavery. All Jackson seemed to do was create chaos for everyone. Although Jackson did do some good, like create the Democratic Party which showed that people did have the ability to vote and their vote was taken seriously, he defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, and he vetoed the Second Bank of the United States because he felt that it was favoring rich people over the common people. All in all, both men did some good things, both men did some bad. But both changed America and definitely left a mark on it, whether it was for the good or the bad.

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  • Explains that thomas jefferson and andrew jackson were very different in the ways they grew up, their attitudes towards things, and especially their way of doing things as leaders.
  • Narrates how jackson grew up in north carolina, not having much money, or a family to lean on. he was recognized when he won the battle of new orleans in 1815.
  • Explains that jackson was very forceful toward congress when it came to his opinions. he was the first president to veto the most times during his term in office.
  • Explains that jackson's indian removal act meant he could remove the indians from their territory and relocate them elsewhere, whether they agreed to it or not.
  • Explains that unlike jackson, jefferson had a family when growing up. he excelled in all studies, and enrolled into college at the age of seventeen.
  • Explains that benjamin franklin, john adams, roger sherman, and robert livingston wanted jefferson to come up with a draft for the document. jefferson was able to separate religion from government by passing the virginia bill.
  • Narrates how jefferson was forced to flee from his home when the british overran virginia. people saw his actions as cowardly because he didn't stand his ground.
  • Explains that thomas jefferson and andrew jackson were very different people, but their views on life and the world were different. they both became lawyers, married, and did a lot for america.
  • Explains that jefferson was born into a wealthy family and attended school and college. he changed things for the better and was the most effective leader compared to jackson.
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