Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The War on Andrew Jackson

Is Andrew Jackson's long-standing reputation as "the people's president" deserved? Why? Why not? These are the questions we strive to answer, even today, as we look back on the history of our Presidents. Andrew Jackson had many faults and campaigns that left his look on morality and justice a lot to be desired. The first of these was when he invented the Spoils system, a corrupt form of government where Jackson put his supporters in office in return for votes. This in turn lead to many people being sacked from office and even, in one disastrous instance, a large robbery that cost the government over a million dollars. 
      Even the Indians were not a fan as they had to pick up their stuff and move hundreds of miles west to avoid the white settlers moving farther across America. Since the Indians were not technically under our law, Congress passed a law saying that they were. They were forced to march across what is now known as the Trail of Tears. 
     And the thing that Jackson is most known for is the Bank War. Jackson said that the Second Bank of America was corrupted and just a way for the rich to get richer. They had to much power outside of public responsibility. Jackson was threatened by this and decided to veto the bill that extended the banks charter. This was veiwed as irresponsable. 
  Jackson has been veiwed in many lights and in my opinion he did not deserve the reputation as "The people's president". This is becasue he was so horrible and irresponsable durring his presidency by making all of these decisions. Me and my group did a project on that very thing:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Poster on The Rise of Democracy

Throughout time, people have always tried to create a type of government that will keep their nations in check. Democracy has been one of those governments. A Democracy is a system of government in which each citizen has a direct say. And the United States was not very democratic in the early 1800's. This was because the system in which they used to vote and elect officials was not very stable. The system dictated that only men who owned property land could vote. People were not able to own property all of the time. So the countries ability to function suffered greatly and not all people were able to express their views.