analytical Essay
635 words
635 words

Jackson inspired much of America during his eight years as president. His rise from the backwoods of Carolina to the nation's highest office helped inspire hope that in America anyone could accomplish anything. His message to Americans helped jumpstart movements in improve public education, abolish debtors' prisons, organize for women's rights, care for the infirm and indigent, and in general work to the world a better place. Jackson reached out to the people that he governed in a way no prior President had, encouraging them and showing a unique humbleness that made him seem approachable. Jackson's "approachability," though, caused occasional problems. Once, while aboard a naval ship in Alexandria, an angry seaman punched the President in the face. Two years later, in 1835, Jackson faced the first known assassination attempt on a U.S. president. While Jackson was in the Capitol attending a funeral, a man named Richard Lawrence fired two pistols point-blank at the President–only to have both guns misfire. Jackson raised his cane and charged Lawrence, but an army officer wrestled the man to the floor before Jackson could attack. The charging of his would-be assassin is representative of how Jackson handled much of his Presidency: strong-armed and unafraid. When Jackson decided on something, he would relentlessly wear down his opponents. In addition to staring down the Bank supporters and the nullifiers, Jackson slowly won an argument which the French government that had dragged on for almost two decades. The French refused to pay Americans back for damages caused on shipping during the Napoleonic wars, even though they had paid such damages to the British. Then, finally, when damages were assessed in 1831, the French made no move to pay them. But with the people–even the Whigs–behind him, Jackson was not afraid to demand payment. In a message to Congress he suggested a bill to penalize French holdings for the amount of the damages, and in 1836 the French had paid four of six installments of damages. Jackson's announcement helped lay the groundwork for a successful White House bid by Vice President Martin Van Buren–thereby avenging Van Buren's failed nomination to be minister to Britain. Never one to leave a friend behind, Jackson also hoped to avenge the failed nomination of his Treasury Secretary, Roger Taney, whom he later nominated and had confirmed as Chief Justice. As a final chapter in his quest for financial stability in America, Jackson announced in December 1834 that the nation would by debt-free on January 1, 1835–the only time in American history that the government did not owe anyone anything.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how jackson inspired much of america during his eight years as president. his rise from the backwoods of carolina to the nation's highest office helped inspire hope that anyone could accomplish anything.
  • Narrates how jackson's 'approachability' caused occasional problems, such as an angry seaman punching the president in the face, and an assassination attempt on a u.s. president.
  • Analyzes how jackson handled much of his presidency: strong-armed and unafraid. jackson's announcement helped lay the groundwork for a successful white house bid by vice president martin van buren.
  • Explains that jackson announced in december 1834 that the nation would by debt-free on january 1, 1835. jackson distributed the surplus back to the states, as promised in his first message to congress.
  • Explains that the 1836 election seemed to many in the nation to be only a formality. jackson remained wildly popular across the country, and when he expressed his desire to see van buren win, they readily agreed.
  • Analyzes how jackson reminded the people that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. van buren's inauguration as the eighth president turned into a celebration of jacksonian america.
  • Explains that jackson left office in 1837 and headed for his home at the hermitage in tennessee. under the nation's tenth president, john tyler, the government repaid jackson the $1,000 fine he had paid for contempt in new orleans
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