1990 DBQ

  • Category: American History
  • Words: 620
  • Grade: 93
When Andrew Jackson became president he took the power that was given to him and created his own style of Democracy. And having a common man background things were sure to change. He used his power to do what he felt the common people of the United States would want. At some points during his term he seemed hypocritical for his actions would contradict one another. Therefore, Jackson and his followers all held certain beliefs in themselves that touched off on issues such as the national bank or the way he responded to the crisis's that happened during his term.
        First the issue of the demolishing of the national bank was a huge happening for Jackson. Jackson's chief point in the destruction of the bank was that it had to much of a monopoly over foreign and domestic, along with that Document B also leads to saying that he wasn't pleased with priority that the bank held to the richest class. However this was met by arguments from none other than the richest class. In Document C, Daniel Webster responded in a letter to Jackson by saying that by doing this he is jeopardizing the liberty of the people of the country. He also went on to add, "it wantonly attacks whole classes of the people, for the purpose of turning against them the prejudices and the resentments of the other classes." That essentially is suggesting that the veto could turn the classes of people on one another.
        Next, the documents A, D, and E all tie into one another upon the issues of classes in America. Document A, is a petition in a way created by the working class pleading that the rights of all Americans be met, even the lower working class. This working class made up the majority of much of the nation and major cities. The fact that the working class was mainly made up of immigrants from foreign countries helped to heat this issue as well. Document E, clearly depicts two separate incidents of rioting between class differences. While Document D, shows a foreigner's look at the class difficulties in America and how they are appalled at their trip through the crowded cities.
        Finally, towards the end of the Jackson presidency a few major issues came up, the beginning of the great Indian drive, the issue over contraction and the timeless issue of slavery. The Indian drive started from Georgia and took months to complete. Many Indians perished from terrible conditions, which are evident in Document G. The issue of slavery came from South Carolina. As Document F adds South Carolina felt that slavery rebellions were coming from outside influences. They felt that these outside influences should be dealt with governmental help so those uprisings would be cut down. And then finally one of the last decisions that Jackson made was the one on the monopolized contract by which one company had the rights to bridge building throughout the Charles River waterway. However, this was brought to the Supreme Court as Document H tells the reader and threw out the contract for it created an unjust monopoly.
Therefore, the decisions and actions that happened during Jackson's administration created a new type of democracy that came out of Jackson's pen and mouth. It is quite possible that Jackson's new type of democracy helped stabilize the class differences by giving the lower class rights that they deserved. Also it is in my belief that by getting rid of the national bank helped the country to become a non-monopolized country in the issue of one bank controlling the countries cash and loan flow. As well as restructuring the constitution the Jacksonian's strictly obliged by the constitution that was already present.
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