Andrew Jackson. The Age of the Common Man The Symbol of New America The leader of the Age of Democracy Hero of the Common Man. Context. War of 1812 Economic Panic of 1819 Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy of 1822 End of Era of Good Feelings in 1822 1820’s - A New Democratic Revolution.
Was in pain much of his adult life from bullets left in his body
from dysentery which frequently drained his strength
Was six feet one inches tall, slender of build
Described as having a self-assured bearing and a commanding air.
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* Had continued Military success in the Seminole War of 1818-1819 which gave him wide name recognition
*Election of 1824 - Jackson had 99 electoral votes, Adams 84, Crawford 41, Clay, 37. Since there was no majority, the election went to the U.S. House of Representatives.
* Clay lobbied for Adams, Adams had won the
required vote of 13 states as against 7 for
Jackson and 4 for Crawford
* Was elected in 1828 and re-elected in 1832
A contemporary observed the “motley concourse of people” who rushed to the White House and were seen “upsetting the pails and breaking the glasses. ... Men with boots heavy with mud stood on the satin-covered chairs and sofas”Jackson the PresidentElected in 1828 by a highly organized Jacksonian party
He died June 8, 1845 at the Hermitage near Nashville, Tennessee.
As a child, Jackson had a penchant for drooling, which continued all his life. He would often spit excessively when he spoke.
He was violent and aggressive.
He dislike school and book learning
Jackson owned over 100 slaves.
He once offered a reward of $50 for a runaway slave plus $10 extra dollars for every 100 lashes “to the amount of three hundred.”
He spent large amounts of money on whiskey and horses
In 1806 Jackson killed Charles Dickinson, a fellow Nashville lawyer, in a duel
This cartoon illustrates a perception of Jackson’s unofficial "Kitchen Cabinet," a group of close friends who advised him. Historians looking at his presidency have found him to be a poor administrator, to have strong prejudices, and a contempt for expert advice.
An estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure and disease.
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Fathers & Children: Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian by Michael Paul Rogin
The Age of Jackson, Aurther Schlesinger, Jr.
Lecture: “How Common was the Common Man” Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign