this is an essay about the effects of Andrew Jacksons presidency on the United States economy and society.

Essay by iluvthewolfpackHigh School, 12th gradeA+, February 2003

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One Of A Kind Presidency

A quality of a good leader is having the knowledge and skills to bring his people together to work towards the same goal. Andrew Jackson is one of the many presidents who understood the necessity for strong nationalism within a country. He sought to bring this goal to reality by establishing power of conventions, expressing his views on The Bank Of The U.S., and including even common citizens in major decisions made for the future of the United States.

Jackson, a strong believer of nationalism thought of the Bank of the US as an "illegitimate government-inspired monopoly"(9.2). He thought it was a total disregard to the sanctity of the union because of the logistics and representation of the bank. It was represented with more than 8 million of the shareholders being foreigners and the rest of the holders being only of the richest class (9.2).

To Jackson, this demonstrated the opposite of destroying sectionalism because it divided the nation by putting unneeded emphasis on status. He claimed it was injustice of the constitution and made the richer, richer, well doing no justice to anyone else (9.2). Also, by having the bank run by such a large number of foreigners Jackson feared it would be a gateway for future complications and conflicts with those countries, that could in turn lead to war. The only way to make the bank work would be by private stockholders run purely by Americans.

With the establishment of a two-party system, nationalization was in full force. Party platforms added the extra momentum to focus the energy of all citizens towards the needs of the country. Also with Henry Clay digressing away from Jackson to establish the Whig party (oppositionists of Jackson who claimed him as a "royal tyrant" while opposing...