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The Jacksonian Era The Jacksonian Era encompassed a period of massive changes These changes whether they be social economic or political were embraced by Americans with a new found vigor This enthusiasm motivated by a new common man president Andrew Jackson gave Americans new hope to pursue their own personal successes in a politically and socially charged society Andrew Jackson was probably best remembered as the hero of the Battle of New Orleans where he defeated British forces led by Sir Edward Packenham The battle greatly boosted American morale and had instilled a sense of unity within the United States It was no surprise that Jackson would vie for a seat as president of the United States later on His first attempt however proved to be less than successful Led by an ambiguous campaign with no staunch issues Jackson was defeated by Adams in 1824 In his second attempt at presidency Jacksons personality centered the campaign served him better in the election of 1828 With mudslinging and other scandalous activities tossed about the campaign Jackson defeated Henry Clay and John Adams Winning the election however Jackson did not enter office unscathed With the loss of his beloved wife Rachel Jackson felt certain that her death was due to the malicious lies thrown at her during his campaign of 1828 Jacksons democracy consisted of a strong belief in the majority and its ability to rule He opposed elitism and aristocracy and everything that expressed its ideals including the Second National Bank of the United States BUS With that strong sentiment he sent a veto to Congress to kill the BUS Jacksons veto of the BUS however proved less than satisfactory The consequences after that would haunt the future of creating a future banking system for generations The cause of the mistrust was due to the fact that funds that were placed in the BUS were placed in pet banks or state banks Pet banks
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