Jacksonian Democrats

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Jacksonian Democrats helped to create a more democratic America and because of this, believed to be many things, some real and some fictional. In most cases they perceived themselves as defenders of equal economic opportunity, even though they occasionally put their own interests before those of the people. They also thought of themselves as guardians of political democracy, while using class differences to their advantage to bring support. Jacksonian Democrats felt that they were the protectors of the Constitution and of individual liberties but many times they put their rivalry with the Northeastern industry and Whig politics before these ideals. While Jacksonians correctly viewed themselves as guardians of political democracy, equal economic opportunity, and individual liberty, they were often more interested in developing these concepts rather than protecting them. Jackson was a strong opponent of the unequal and aristocrat dominated economic structure in most of America. He was very against the Bank of America because he believed it to have a monopoly on banking and felt that it was owned and run unjustly by wealthy aristocrats who were not always true Americans (B). It must also be noted however, that while the Bank of America was undoubtedly corrupt (Nicholas Biddle was known to have given sums of money to close friends, and was also known to regularly bribe newspapers and similar media.) it also did what it was supposed to do very well. It provided money and credit to many of the working classes that Jackson defended, and also was the source of much economic growth. As a result of this veto, Jackson established pet banks in many Western areas to try to appease his main group of supporters and build up the rivalry between the agrarian South and West and the industrial North (C). Many immigrants found that one of the first things they discovered upon…...

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