American History As Effected By President Andrew Jackson Abstract
AmericanHistory As Effected By President Andrew Jackson
TheUnited States of America had exactly forty-five presidents sincebeing declared independent by the Continental Congress on July 4thback in 1776.Each and every one of these holders of the office of thepresident has done some ground breaking work in shaping the course ofthe American history as well as the laws of the state. They are alllegends, patriots, and heroes, but none of them quite like AndrewJackson who was the seventh president of the USA.
KeywordsHistory, President, Presidential Office.
AndrewJackson (1767-1845), the seventh president of America was a legend.Overcoming all adversity, he stood out from a young age. Born andraised in poverty, an orphan at only fourteen years having lost hisimmediate family father, mother and two brothers. With courage andstrength, he rose through his law career into the military andfinally the presidency. His accomplishment during his life is stillfelt in America today as his face dominates the twenty dollar bill todate. He was a great and charismatic leader who commanded respect andloyalty from the soldiers in his brigade, this became evident whentwo thousand men left their families and jobs to follow him intobattle for New Orleans. He had his terrible moments too, forinstance, he openly supported slavery and signed the Indian RemovalAct which saw many native Indians lose their lands forcing them onthe long bitter trail, he also crushed the economy albeit temporarilyby revoking sanctions on the bank of America and British banks takingadvantage to raise rates. This paper investigates what kind of a manJackson truly was and the contributions of his administration toAmerica today.
Isettled on American history because it is truly fascinating and agold mine of knowledge and important life lessons. President Jacksonis an interesting read seeing as to how his contributions shapedAmerica. His being one of the most controversial presidents greatlypeaked my interest. Running a relatively new country surrounded bypeople who doubt your capacity is no easy feat, therefore, I chose tolearn leadership from the president who defied all odds and led hiscountry with great conviction. He is truly an inspiration. I havelearned from covering this assignment that we all make mistakes, nomatter how great we are and these might follow us forever throughhistory after we are long gone. Jackson`s was supporting slaveryopenly being a slave owner. This set America back and tarnished hisname in the history books. Secondly, however powerful and wellachieved, everyone has a weakness that could be exploited againstthem. Jackson’s need to defend Rachel’s honor was his Achillesheel. His pride over his wife’s honor got a bullet lodged in himresulting in constant health problems throughout his life(Deppisch, Centeno, Gemmel, & Torres, 2015).
Studyingabout Andrew Jackson was truly eye-opening. To look back at all hisachievements gives me insight on how someone can be so selfless andbeing focused on the greater good. He fought for the common men`srights, he made it better for everyone. This defines true leadershipand it`s an inspiration all leaders current and future ones.Moreover, He also displays strength and perseverance, a spirit thatnever dies. Being raised in poverty and an orphan at a younger age,he rose with courage to redeem his country from whatever position hewas. His state or position could not deter him from making adifference in whatever little or big way he could. This is trulyawakening to everyone really and in every sphere of life. To nevergive up and making the good use of the little changes that lifepresents us with to make a difference. His fight for equal rightsbetween the rich and poor could be compared today to the fights forequal rights for the gay and transgender community. His from rags topower story mirrors that of many lives today(Buchanan, 2012).
Jackson‘scontributions are hard to ignore and though a century has passed, hiswork is still visible and relevant. He advocated for the right of hispeople. For instance, all white male being granted a right to vote asopposed as it was before when only the wealthy property owners andtaxpayers were allowed to vote. This was a breakthrough since noweveryone of age gets to vote. He signed a number of treaties openingup America to more trade with Great Britain, Europe, Asia and SouthAmerican nations paving way for today’s strong economy. He condonedno corruption in the government and he implemented a number of lawsthat did not spare anyone including his Postmaster General who wasreplaced after being found guilty. These grounded laws laid thefoundation for the corruption free modern America straighten thenation and he has served as an example for other leaders. During hissecond term, he passed a law that created and funded the OceanicUnited States Exploring Expedition boosting science growth in thecountry and opening doors for many more science expeditions.Oceanography has since grown and this is a success best attributed toJackson(Cole, 2013).
PresidentJackson`s life teaches the virtue of perseverance and forging aheadin the face of tragedy and loss. He refused to let his circumstancesdetermine his fate. Born in abject poverty and losing his entirefamily and having just a little formal education did not deter himfrom becoming great. He learned law as just an apprentice, made theright connections, moved up in the world of his own accord and endedup with the biggest office in the land where he continued to deliverI learned that cultivating talent and leadership is paramount forsuccess, one should wear their honor as a badge as it reveals who oneis.
Inconclusion Personal problems like anger issues should not block one`sdestiny as they can be kept under control or changed altogether.Jackson was a great president who served his country well as hecould. He is deserving of a place history and should be celebratedand remembered.
Cole,D. B. (2013). ThePresidency of Andrew Jackson.University Press of Kansas.
Buchanan,J. (2012). Jackson`sway: Andrew Jackson and the people of the Western waters.Wiley.
Deppisch,L. M., Centeno, J. A., Gemmel, D. J., & Torres, N. L. (2015).Andrew Jackson`s exposure to mercury and lead: poisonedpresident?. Jama, 282(6),569-571.
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