Andrew Jackson’s ‘Era of the Common Man’ or the ‘Jacksonian Period’ (1824-1845)

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Andrew Jackson’s ‘Era of the Common Man’ or the ‘Jacksonian Period’ (1824-1845) starts at his inauguration, and ends as the Civil War begins. Jackson was the first president that was not born into wealth or education, but instead made his own wealth, and taught himself up to a prime education, a ‘self-made man’, as some may say, this and his military history made him the defining figure of his age. Although, he downplayed his past successes to make him more like the ‘common man’, and appeal to the voters, his past, and his future changes to political policies, economy, and the overall society, marks this special period as the Era of the Common Man. On a political level, Jackson changed the way the president is elected, by repeatedly …show more content…

He vetoed on the premise that too much power and privilege was placed into too few of the elite, and this was unfair to the common man Jackson so much protected. The veto shut down the National Bank, in which the government placed all its money in, and once it had shut down, the money was then placed into multiple smaller state banks, giving the control back to the common man.
The tariff in question of the South Carolina Exposition and Protest of 1828 was the Tariff of 1828, which was a protective tariff which raised the tax of imports up by 45%. This tariff benefited the North-East are, more specific ally the merchants within, as this tariff raised profit, thus benefiting the economy. This was the opposite for the South; this tariff raised the imports the South relied on from foreign powers, hurting the economy, and was protested. The tariff went against the concepts and ideals of the common man, as it benefited so little of the population, and seemed to favor the North. On this premise, Jackson had opposed this tariff, but not to the extent Calhoun and the rest of South Carolina did.
The Era of the Common Man increased the level in which the public interacted with the government, and its policies. Thus the appearance of women taking active roles within the