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DBQ 5 Jacksonian Democrats Andrew Jackson and his Democrats viewed themselves as the guardians of the United States Constitution political democracy individual liberty and the equality of economic opportunity They felt that they could change the government into a system that was run for and by the common man According to Jackson the common man was the farmers and urban workers that made up a majority of the population not the aristocrats This argument for the common man was a strong one although the goals set forth were not entirely achievable Though biased the Jacksonian Democrats view of themselves was fairly accurate While they were successful guardians of both political democracy and equality of economic opportunity they failed to defend the Constitution and individual liberty The Jacksonian Democrats defense of the United States Constitution was not a particular high point in their political era Jackson often had a blatant disregard for decisions passed down by the Supreme Court In the case of the removal of the Cherokee nation the Supreme Court had already passed down a decision that said that the Cherokee would be allowed to keep a certain amount of land in Georgia that would be much like the reservation system today However Ol Hickry decided that the Cherokee would be better suited in Oklahoma than on the land that they had lived for centuries before the first explorers even came to the New World The Supreme Court had declared the National Bank constitutional in the McCulloch vs Madison but Jackson decided that it was in the best interest of the federal government and the common man to veto the re-charter of the Bank of The United States It is easy to conceive that great evils to our country and its institutions might flow from such a concentration of power in the hands of a few men irresponsible to the people -Andrew Jacksons veto message doc b Jackson violated the 1st Amendment
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