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Jacksonian Democracy

            "Jacksonian Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the United State Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity.".
             Jacksonian Democrat's were able to enforce the real meaning of the constitution in which it was able to show the power and significance of the common man. The Jacksonian Democrats" main focus was to protect the interests of the common man. They did this at all costs and were restless in protecting the common man. The Jacksonian Democrats, on occasion did violate the U.S. Constitution and the principles of political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity. However, they violated these principles for a just cause and did everything and anything it took in order to satisfy the common man.
             The Jacksonian Democrats' actions served as the sole reason for the common at man having the feeling that he was an "independent citizen" (Document D) who also had the same amount of power and say in the government as all other citizens of the nation. This feeling of independence occurred because of the Jacksonian Democrats making the community's interests more important than private interests. This was exemplified strongly in the case of Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge (Document H). The dispute was about the property rights of the Charles Bridge, the monopoly of a corporation, and the Warren Bridge. These would eventually serve as a big help towards the community. The Court's decision was in favor of the Warren Bridge, stressing the importance of the common man's interests over the interests of the private individuals.
             Andrew Jackson felt that it was his responsibility to satisfy the common man. He also understood that it was his job to get rid or prevent anything in which would cause problems for the common man. Jackson's war on the national bank showed these feelings. Jackson felt that the bank placed a "concentration of power in the hands of a few men irresponsible to the people" (Document B).

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