In the 1820-1840 period, Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as guardians of the Constitution. Meaning that they felt that they were true followers of the ideals of the Constitution, including political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. These Jacksonian democrats were involved in many events occurred in this time period that contradicted their opinion, such as issues dealing.
An immense issue concerning the nation was the control and stability of the national bank. When president Jackson vetoes the Renewal of the Bank charter on July 10, 1832 (Doc. B), he argued that the control of the bank was not in the ands of the common people, but instead in the hands of foreign people and the rich populous of the nation. The common men in the nation, especially westerners such as Jackson, had blamed the Panic of 1819 on the national bank. Thus proving that Jackson desired equality among each person of the country. Jackson found that The Constitution testifies that the government should be in the hands of the people, and the national bank was an important figure of he government. Therefore, Jackson viewed the bank as unconstitutional, opposing the Supreme Court ruling in McCulloch vs. Maryland case in 1819. This case decided that the national bank was constitutional. Since people other than the common controlled the bank, the Democratic Jacksonians disapproved of this. This eventually caused the "Bank War". Jackson instead put the nation's money in "wildcat" banks across the country. Daniel Webster, a key figure of the national bank, wrote a response to Jackson's veto on the next day (Doc. C). Webster vigorously opposed the veto and states that "It raises a cry that Liberty is in danger". He claims that Jackson abused his presidential powers as he attempted to ruin the national bank.
Foreign visitors, such as Harriet Martineau, see each person of America as free and independent (Doc.