I have not yet decided whether we should consider Andrew Jackson to be a "great" President. He was very polarizing, he treated the Native Americans very badly, and his enthusiastic followers created the modern Democrat Party. What could be considered "great" about any of those facts? The era of the Jacksonian democracy covered the period of time between 1830 and 1850.
In my estimation, the best thing
did as President was to destroy the national bank. He was strongly against the national bank and
caused its collapse by vetoing the renewal of its charter. I consider his relocation of most of the
Indian tribes from the southeast portion of the Jackson United
States to west of the Mississippi
River to be his worst accomplishment. His "aggressive enforcement of the
Indian Removal Act" was opposed by Whigs and moralists because it forced
the relocation of thousands of Native Americans to Indian Territory (now the
state of )
along the Trail of Tears. Oklahoma
Andrew Jackson appealed to the common men of the
and politically opposed what he considered to be "a closed, undemocratic
aristocracy." He is known for his
protection of popular democracy and individual liberty as well as his support
for states rights and a small and limited federal government. United States
You can decide for yourself if you consider him to be great. Some
quotes are as follow. Jackson
"All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary."
"Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission."
"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."
"As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending."
"Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments."
"Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it."
"Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted."
"Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there."
the judges should have
independence to protect the people against the crown. Here the judges should not be independent of
the people, but be appointed for not more than seven years. The people would always re-elect the good
"I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest, most sacred, and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states, although it may cost me my life."
"I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office."
"Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support."