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Andrew Jackson does not deserve to be ranked among Americas greatest presidents Although many people do think he deserves to be one of the greats I feel differently He was extremely contradictory of himself and based his actions on personal feelings rather than what was best for the country Jackson accomplished some positive things but the majority of his actions were not done for the good of the country When Jackson first entered office nobody really knew his stance on many major issues This was partially due to the fanfare and mudslinging present during the campaign but also partially due to the contradictory messages he was sending In Tennessee he aggressively pursued wealth and opposed legislation for relief of debtors but he understood what brought him to office and decided to express the will of the majority in order to stay in office When in the Army Jackson had defeated a battle against the Creek Indians The Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814 Because of the Indians defeat he felt that the Indians were weak When Jefferson made it to the presidency he felt there was no need to negotiate with weak people so he passed the Indian Removal Act so he could just move them off their land Jacksons support of the federal support for internal improvements bill and protective tariffs set of the sectional controversy that may in fact have added to the push toward the civil war The south had much fewer canals and roads and they had fewer plans to build more Because of this southerners were against paying tax money to build roads they would never drive on Jackson whose firmest political roots were in the south felt that federal support of internal improvements was a lavish giveaway program prone to corruption In 1830 he vetoed a bill to provide federal support for a road in Kentucky between Maysville and Lexington The veto of the road bill was
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