The Faults of the Age of Jackson

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With the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828, many felt a new age of political, economic, and social equality was about to emerge. However, the Age of Jackson was plagued by numerous racist policies, as well as unconstitutional job placement in the White House. Jackson also slyly prepared the country for a financial panic, while handing blame to his predecessor, Martin van Buren. While the Jacksonian Democrats believed themselves to be the procurers of democracy and equality, they promoted segregation in society, took almost totalitarian hold of the government, and set the country up for an economic depression. Jackson elevated the plight of the working man without creating equality. Instead, he heightened the separation of the classes and cruelly discriminated against those not seen as true Americans. This is first proven by the Trail of Tears. The Cherokees of Georgia were arguably the most civilized of the Native American tribes, creating an alphabet, then a tribal constitution. In 1828 Georgia tried to make the tribal council of the Cherokees an illegal government. Although the Supreme court upheld the right of the Cherokees three consecutive times, Jackson assumed the power of the judicial branch to override these decisions. Jackson conceitedly claimed that the Cherokees had no chance of surviving in the white world and cast them out into frigid Oklahoma. The voyage was not without military escorts, who shackled some of the innocents (G). Because of Jackson's racist policies, an entire people were forced out of their homeland. Similar treatment befell the Irish and German immigrants, who were treated by many as if they were below the already poor, lower class Americans. Fighting between these two groups was not uncommon,... ... middle of paper ... ...the 1850`s and 1860`s, the Age of Jackson only provided equal opportunity to white men. Jackson's supporters were mainly from the West and South, where women`s rights and abolition causes were shunned. The availability of work, the stability of the economy, and the progression of the Industrial Revolution were all hurt by Jackson's faulty financial policies. Andrew Jackson's administration gained a reputation as the protector of the common man. While representing the white male, Jackson paid little respect to all others. He took complete control of the government during his two terms, forcing his policies on a Supreme Court he deemed worthless by constant disrespect. Economically, Jackson's financial policies created a looming depression, which would befall his unlucky predecessor. Indeed, Jackson proved himself to be a tyrant, and a destroyer of true democracy.

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