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How did Andrew Jackson help the "common man?"

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mattyj23 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM via web

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How did Andrew Jackson help the "common man?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM (Answer #1)

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We cannot say for sure that President Jackson actually helped the "common man," but we can say that he took actions that were, in his mind, meant to help the common man.

One thing that Jackson did that can be seen as helping the common man was Indian Removal.  By forcing the Indians to move out of the Southeast, Jackson provided more land for common white settlers to settle on.  

Perhaps the most important thing that Jackson did for the common people was to destroy the Bank of the United States.  Jackson believed that it was being run by financial elites for their own benefit and that it harmed the common person.  By killing it, he was helping the common man.

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