Andrew Jackson, a man of self-respect, a man of dignity, a man who, in addition, thought undemocratic. In 1767 Andrew Jackson was born into a hardworking, farming class family. Andrew Jackson thought of himself as a man of the people. Yet, at the time of his election at the age of 61, however, Jackson was hardly one of the common man. He had built a highly successful career in Tennessee in law, politics, land speculation, cotton planting, and soldering. Nevertheless, an overwhelming majority of people from the farming community supported him in 1828, the year he was elected president. There were many reasons why Jackson was undemocratic or not, as the dictionary elegantly suggests, attempting to treat people of all classes in the same way. The dictionaries definition regarding democracy made it clear that Jackson was undemocratic when it came to the establishment of the spoil system in his administration. Additionally, Jackson was a hypocrite, constantly contradicting himself when he expressed his feelings about the slave community, qualities of an undemocratic president. Likewise, the way he removed the Native Americans was, once again, an undemocratic action.
In 1828, once elected into office, Jackson began taking on his undemocratic role as president, introducing the spoil system, hiring his friends and firing his republican colleges. Once Jackson became president he realized that the policy of “rotation in office” enabled him to assign government jobs to his friends, people who helped him and his campaign (Documant A). These people were not educated and, additionally, not ready for the sophisticated jobs that the government was offering. They were hard working farming class people. Nonetheless, Jackson never took the advise of congress under account, and began his crusade (Documant A & B). He fired nearly 10 percent of the federal employees, 919 educated people, most of them holdovers from the Adams administration, and gave their jobs to loyal Jacksonians (Documant C). Jackson’s friends also became his primary advisers. Furthermore, Jackson made a malevolent mistake, appointing Samuel Swartwout to the collector of the port of New York, a man who had a criminal personality. Although Van Buren (Secretary of State) attempted to warn Jackson that “Swartwout’s appointment would not be in accordance with the public sentiment” he refused to listen. Swartwout stole $1,222,705.09 (Document B). The fact that Jackson hired people who were not qualified to help assist the government was an unfavorable mistake, an undemocratic mistake. It’s obviously that Jackson's decisions didn’t help the government at all, in fact the decisions made the government worse.
Andrew Jackson was not a man who told the truth. He was a man who attempted to cover up the truth with lies and deceptions. He was a man who constantly contradicted himself when he claimed that slaves deserved rights too, in fact he owned 150 slaves in the mid 1830’s (Document L & M). Although he owned numerous slaves he still believed that they could serve a purpose outside of farming. Before the Battle of New Orleans he offered black men, who were no longer in captivity, the right to fight for their country, as well as get paid the same amount of money as white soldiers (Document L). Jackson said, “To every noblehearted free man of color, volunteering to serve to the present contest with Great Britain and no longer, there will be paid the same bounty in money and lands now receive by the white soldiers of the United States.” Nonetheless, the fact that Jackson refused the slaves the right to read abolitionists mail was a sinister, undemocratic decision on his part (Movie). Additionally, the fact that he allowed slave owners to burn the mail was, not to mention, unconstitutional (Movie).
After years of attempting to integrate the Native American into white Christian society Jackson endeavored to come up with another possibility. Jackson knew that allowing Native Americans to live in their own areas would be a problem with white farmers. The president believed the only solution was to move the Native Americans to the west. Jackson got the approval to go ahead with the removal of the Native Americans when Congress passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 (Document H). After treaties were signed the Native Americans began their trek, starting what we today call the Trail of Tears. The Cherokee, one of