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How democratic was Andrew Jackson?
The Era of Good Feelings was over when the Election of 1824 had occurred. A time of difficult and controversial decision-making for whom would become the next president of the United States. During this election, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson’s enemy, gave a lot of influence in the voting role during that time, and due to that, John Quincy Adams became President in 1824. However the people who strongly followed and believed in Andrew Jackson, were not content with this presidential win, therefore in 1828 they made sure that their idol became president, and that’s when Andrew Jackson entered office and became the 7th president of the U.S. Some people, still debate now, whether Jackson was actually a democratic person or not. If Jackson was a democratic person, he would’ve demonstrated that he believes that every individual, meaning literally everyone, deserves human rights. Also, he would allow there to be complete freedom of speech, opinion, and press for everyone, and would be given the opportunity to speak up their minds. And lastly, he would’ve shown respect to the separation of powers, meaning that he would let all the branches of government (the executive, legislative, and judicial) each share and equal in power, not overthrow it. Knowing this, Andrew Jackson may be considered democratic because he was an extraordinary man who the people of the nation felt could relate to him, he was a war hero of 1812, and he gave the poor whites and low-class whites more attention and care towards their problems. However, Jackson was certainly undemocratic due to the fact that he was very controlling with the people, he was a very biased man and only favored and listened to those who followed him, and he took advantage of his position as president, shaking the balance between the power of the branches of government.
One of the reasons why Andrew Jackson could be argued as undemocratic, was because he was not very focused on making the nation better for the people, but making the nation better for himself. During his election in 1828, Jackson was lucky enough to have won the election. During the years of 1816-1824, there was more political; legislature influence in the voting system than there was in the following years of 1828 and so on. Which is why John Quincy Adams was able to be elected as president in 1824 because of the strong influence he had upon the legislature, however, was replaced by Andrew Jackson later in the year of 1828 because of the influence he had among the people. There is a statistics chart that was made in 1975, by perhaps a data collector or record keeper in Congress, that shows this change of the methods of electing presidential electors throughout time in the different states of the nation. The progress of the growth in the voting rights of people revealed how significant it was that the people actually voted for Jackson twice giving him a second term in 1832. (Doc 1)...