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DBQ: Jacksonian Democracy

             The Jacksonian Democrats were a group that was a denomination of the Democratic - Republican Party of previous times. The discrepancy in the party came after the elections in the 1820s, of both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. The faction that was led by Andrew Jackson took the Democratic-Republican name, while supporters of John Quincy Adams became known as the National Republicans. The followers of Jackson came to be known as Jacksonian Democrats. When they came into power, this group viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. In light of the documents and common knowledge of the surrounding time period, the Jacksonians" perception of themselves cannot be looked at as completely fact. Although many of their words and actions did carry out their insights, most fell short, thus throwing their individual outlook into question.
             Based on Andrew Jackson's decisions of actions throughout his term as president, it is evident that he did not uphold the Constitution very well. As featured in Document B, Jackson sends a veto message about the charter for the Bank of the United States, deeming it unconstitutional. He feels that it would only benefit a select group of people (bank investors) instead of benefiting the nation as a whole. However, it was actually constitutional because of the Tenth Amendment that was passed in previous years. Jackson's veto was obviously opposed by many people, including Daniel Webster. In Document C, Webster accuses the veto for the sole purpose of "turning against [classes] the prejudices and resentment of other classes." He feels that Jackson is doing this to separate the country, which enhances his other point that Jackson felt he could do anything in such a powerful position as president. Furthermore, in Document G, a drawing is shown, exemplifying the exile of the Cherokees from their homeland.

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