Essay About Andrew Jackson
I do not agree with President Jackson’s conclusions of the necessity for an Indian Removal Policy. Andrew Jackson’s annual message to Congress gave reasons why he believed the policy was needed. Although the policy allowed the Native Indians to pursue their happiness and own land “of the country occupied by a few savage hunters,” it did not allow them to be considered citizens of the United States and obviously did not give them the same rights that the whites were holding. President Jackson wanted the Native Indians to not have any contact with the whites and thought it would be best for the United States. Jackson’s conclusion on having the Native Indians removed from State of Mississippi and the western part of Alabama would supposedly “enable those States to advance rapidly in population, wealth, and power,” but wouldn’t necessarily be true as the Indians were doing just find in their land. He wanted whites to have access to their land so it seemed he favored whites.
No one should have the right to demand a person where they should settle and nor have them removed from their own home where they had their life started and where all their belongings where being held. Without having the Indian Removal Act the trail of tears would have never occurred. Thousands of Indians died due to the cold weather, hunger and diseases they caught along the way to west Mississippi. Jacksons call for the act was horrible and very unfair. Everyone should have been treated fairly despite color, religion or gender.
I personally agree with Jackson’s assessment of the faults of the Bank of the United States and its supporters. He argued how the bank was “unauthorized by the Constitution, subversive of the rights of the States, and dangerous to the liberties of the people.” (President Jackson’s Veto Message…) After the Panic of 1819 occurred, many farmers and workers were left with nothing and unemployed people blamed the banks that had failed them and many started being against the National Bank. He argued about how the stocks that were being held by rich Americans were only making them richer. It was not benefiting all citizens and he was not with that. I believe Jackson had a point with his argument on the bank. It was not giving everyone an advantage since the poor people weren’t getting anything out of it. I agree that state banks should be the ones taking care of the money within it and not national banks. It was good he was also looking into the financial damages it could have done to everyone.
Jackson’s arguments against South Carolina’s attempts at nullifying law are persuasive. South Carolina is a state part of the United States and therefore should follow the same guidelines the other states follow. Jackson was right when he said that no state should want to leave whenever they want and or back out. That is why they put laws in use so they can use them and not deny them when they feel like they want to. South Carolina’s people violated their duty as people which is obeying every law. I understand they are angry due to the fact that congress passed a high tariff and they believed it wasn’t benefiting them. If I were them I would have been upset too but Jackson did have a strong argument in the proclamation of the nullification. If other countries were doing the tariffs, what made South Carolina special that they shouldn’t. Perhaps it wasn’t benefiting them in any way but they are to do their duty as citizens of the U.S.
After reading these documents I can see why President Trump tries to model himself after President Jackson. Both Trump and Jackson had pride and wanted to make America “better” in ways that affected many of its citizens physically and emotionally. A positive trait of Jackson I can envision Trump attempting to emulate is meaning what he says and creating strategies for United States citizens to have access to more jobs. But his solution to that is by getting rid of immigrants just like Jackson wanted to get rid of Native American tribes in order to give white people access to more land.
The people who were getting moved were already comfortable with the place they would call home. People from all over the world come to the United States for the opportunity but its hard for them to get it now when Trump is not allowing them too. There are potential dangers of President Trump linking his administration to that of President Jacksons. The administration can make decisions that can affect the people who live in America which can include benefits they hold and or by raising taxes on Americans. Trump seems to be wanting to cut many beneficial things that Americans use today and Jackson also cut some things from citizens.