Why was Andrew Jackson a great President and why was he a bad one? list three facts or examples for each.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would definitely say you can argue this both ways.

For the good, I think you could say:

  • The biggest deal is that he opposed the South during the Nullification Crisis.  He did not give in to the idea that the states could nullify laws.
  • He gave people a feeling that the president was a common person who cared about them (inauguration party, for example).
  • Did not push to annex Texas -- helped avoid conflict over slavery.


  • The fact that he ignored the Supreme Court and went ahead with Indian Removal.
  • The fact that he made it illegal for abolitionists to send stuff through the mails
  • The fact that he put government money in the "pet banks."

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