Andrew Jackson and his fight with with his political enemies
Andrew Jackson and his fight with with his political enemies over the National Bank. It is difficult to exaggerate how divisive an issue the National Bank was in early 19th Century America and how generally overlooked this issue is because slavery would soon supplant it as THE only issue of the day. However, understanding Jackson’s suspicions of the Bank gives us tremendous insight into Jackson himself as well as many throughout the South and West. So, for this assignment, FIRST read Jackson’s Veto Statement on the Bank Charter sent to him by Congress linked below:
Jackson’s National Bank Veto Message (http://www.americanyawp.com/reader/democracy-in-america/andrew-jacksons-veto-message-against-re-chartering-the-bank-of-the-united-states-1832/)
Next, as before, write a two page paper, using Jackson’s Veto message that discusses whether you agree with him or not on this issue. That is, DO YOU think Jackson is right about a National Bank? Or do you believe this type of institution was essential to a properly functioning economy?