This essasy explores the controversial world of the Jacksonian Era and tries to explain the reasoning behind president Andrew Jacksonian's many bias's.

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The 1820s and 1830s in America were times of sweeping change. Jacksonian

democracy brought more power to common citizens, and engendered ideals of wide

spread liberty. Jacksonian democrats believed that they were guardians of the

Constitution, political individual liberty, and economic opportunity. Although

their beliefs did not apply to the Indians that they displaced, they were

correct in their evaluation of themselves.

Jacksonian democrats believed that they were guardians of the Constitution.

Thy believed that they upheld its principles, and defended its ideals of an

"equal" society. They took the Constitution at its face value, without reading

into it. Jacksonians believed that they defended political democracy. They

supported a government that represented all of its people, not just the wealthy.

In their minds, it was important that all white men have the right to vote, not

just the rich white men. They believed that they protected individual liberty.

Locke's natural rights were held in high esteem.

Government should ensure these

rights, they thought. They believed that they propagated economic opportunity.

Upward mobility was what the land of opportunity was known for, and they

believed that was one of the better aspects of America, and should be preserved

at all costs.

Jacksonians did a good job of upholding these ideals. In July of 1830, an

act regarding the Bank of the United States was submitted to President Jackson

for signature, he flatly vetoed it on the grounds that it was not "compatible with

justice...or with the Constitution" of the United States. He believed that it was

unconstitutional for a single financial institution to enjoy "a monopoly of the

foreign and domestic exchange." Committed to the ideal of expanding the country,

he worked hard to acquire territory to hold the expanding population. Political

democracy blossomed under Jacksonian democracy. George Henry Evans, a...