What is the legacy of Andrew Jackson

President: Hated by the elite, revered by the people

Andrew Jackson arrives at the White House in 1829. The lawyer represents a new era in US history

The seventh President of the USA embodies the first major political and social upheaval in the young country. With Jackson's tenure (1829–1837) the era of the founding fathers, the traditional east coast elites and the old agrarian-republican ideals gradually ended. The new America is more expansive, more democratic and more individualistic - and Jackson, the man from the west, is its colorful, contradicting exponent and driver.


He began his career as a lawyer, plantation owner, officer and politician in the frontier area of ​​Tennessee. He becomes a senator in his home state - and a celebrated war hero: in 1815 Jackson, now Major General, beats the British at New Orleans. And a short time later he fights ruthlessly against the Seminole Indians.

In 1828 Jackson won the presidency as a candidate for the newly founded Democratic Party. Jackson's two terms in office are marked by contradictions. He smashes the National Bank and takes on the old and new elites: Jackson is convinced that the rich and powerful only abuse this facility for their selfish purposes. On the other hand, he uses troops against striking workers.

In many ways Jackson acts politically as a new type of determined self-made man. But at the same time he always refers to the moral principles of the revolutionary era - to the ethos of the simple farmers and artisans. These ambivalences do not detract from its popularity. When Andrew Jackson left office at the age of 70, he was considered the most popular American of his generation.

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