Jacksonian Democracy

Essay by bri212High School, 12th gradeA, April 2009

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Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. They believed that they were the ideal leaders of America. Jacksonian Democrats were supposedly “of the people and for the people.” They described themselves as always making decisions based upon individual liberty and also giving everyone economic opportunity. Also, Jacksonian Democrats view themselves in giving political democracy. Overall, the conclusion of how Jacksonian Democrats view themselves during the 1820’s and 1830’s is in parts true, but also partially inaccurate.

During the 1820’s and 1830’s, Jacksonian Democrats believed themselves to be guardians of the United States Constitution. During the Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge case, Roger B. Taylor was the Chief Justice. The case ruled in favor of the Charles River Bridge, stopping a monopoly. This ruling proved that the Jacksonian Democrats were, for some part, guardians of the US Constitution.

When President Andrew Jackson was given the bill to recharter the Bank of the United States, he vetoed it. Jackson himself believed that it was unconstitutional. Although he is given his opinion, the court ruled differently. During the McCulloch v. Maryland case, the court ruled that the Bank of the United States was and is constitutional. This meant that although Jackson believed it was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled it differently. Jackson believing that the bank was unconstitutional could, for the most part, be because of his personal experiences and be mixing his personal life with the life of the country. Jackson hated the bank and all because of the Panic of 1819, where he himself was almost ruined financially. This proves that the Jacksonian Democrats were not always the “guardians,” unlike they see themselves to be. Another way the Jacksonian Democrats proved to not be the guardians...