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Jeffersonian & Jacksonian Democracy

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Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracy are the same in just about every regard. Their views and goals as presidents are the same. Both are in favor of the common man and feel that it is the common people who should have the biggest influence on government, not the wealthy aristocrats. They also support states rights and feel that the federal government should not get involved with the states affairs. Both men’s actions clearly show that the common man does not include minorities. Both Jackson’s and Jefferson’s actions and words are very similar and support the same beliefs.

Thomas Jefferson was a strong supporter and spokesman for the common man and self-government. He strongly believed that the purpose of American government is to look after and support the common interests of the people. He was against anything that he felt would hurt the common man such as the Bank of the U.S. and big government. Jefferson believed the Bank was hurting the common man and became a damaging monopoly. “It would swallow up all the delegated powers [of the states], and reduce the whole to one power...”-Jefferson referring to the Bank. He was strongly against big government and felt it would oppress the common man. “I am not a friend of a very energetic places the governors indeed more at their ease, at the expense of the people.” Jefferson was also a strong supporter of the Bill of Rights, which protected the rights of the people. “A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to...” He felt the Bill of Rights would clearly state and protect people‘s rights, “freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction of monopolies, the eternal and unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trial by jury....” It was based on Jefferson's suggestions that Madison proposed a Bill of Rights. Jefferson did everything he could to help the common man.

Andrew Jackson was undoubtedly a man of the people. He was the first president to be chosen by the people and his background was not that of a typical president. He was not born into a rich family. Jackson’s favored the general public rather than the wealthy. His election shifted the balance of power from the wealthy East Coast, to farmers and small businesspeople in the west. Jackson vetoed more bills than all previous presidents did in an attempt to help the...

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Date:   11/28/2000

Category:   American History

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