The Manipulation of America: How the Jackson Era Changed Us All

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When you think of the time period of President Andrew Jackson (known best as the Jackson, or Jacksonian Era), where does your mind take you? Does it prompt you to consider the tales of Andrew Jackson himself, or do you think of the influence his presidency held on America? When it comes to this paper, I will discuss how the Jackson Era changed the American economy, public policy, and society of the time.
To start with, I will talk about the economy. Andrew Jackson and his followers were strong proponents that freedom from debt was key in establishing a free republic and that, without debt, the people would be free from the burdens of creditors (Remini). With this conviction he began working on freeing America from its debt. His efforts led to the first and only period in time (1835-1837) during which we, as a nation, were debt-free (Remini). One of his projects towards this debt-free period in time was the Bank Veto.
In 1829, Jackson went on the attack against the bank in a message he delivered to Congress (Miller Center). He rejected the idea of renewing the Bank’s charter due to two main reasons. One was, like Jefferson, he felt that the bank was unconstitutional. He believed that the government should stay as separate from the economy as possible (Remini). Another one of his beliefs was that the concentrated financial powers represented in the banking system posed a threat to popular liberty (Miller Center). When Nicholas Biddle, the Bank president, attempted to renew the Bank’s charter in 1832 on the eve of the election, he and his supporters hoped that this would force Jackson into allowing it to pass, rather than creating an issue before re-election (Miller Center). When Jackson vetoed it regardless, his message became ...

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