Andrew Jackson's leadershipWhat LETTER grade would you give President Andrew Jackson based on how skillful he was at handling the events in the United States (the Tariff of 1828, Nullification...

Andrew Jackson's leadership

What LETTER grade would you give President Andrew Jackson based on how skillful he was at handling the events in the United States (the Tariff of 1828, Nullification Crisis and the Force Bill)

A= Outstanding
B=Commendable
C=Acceptable
D=Marginal
F=Failed

Please provide evidence on why you gave him that grade (not your opinion, but upon his performance)

Thanks!
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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jackson was a very strong leader.  Few would question the bolstering he gave to the executive branch.  The Nullification Crisis would have tested the mettle of any leader and could have been fairly disastrous.  The emergence of sectionalism is something that had been percolating for some time, as the South felt distinctly different from the North.  The emergence of this crisis during Jackson's Presidency was a challenge, indeed.  Jackson's use the military through the Force Bill was to ensure that South Carolina could not secede was fairly convincing.  Although, he could not stop sectionalist feelings, Jackson did demonstrate the power of the federal over the state governments.  For this, he deserves an "A" because the federal government has to be able to work with the states, but not at its own cost.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To me, this was Jackson's finest hour so I'll give him an A.  I base this on the following.

First, I think that he handled the issue of nullification perfectly.  He did not allow the Southern states to push him around on that issue.  He stood strongly against nullification, a stance which included asking for the Force Bill.  This made South Carolina back down.

Second, though, he did not really rub their faces in their loss.  He quietly worked to reduce the tariff that was so abhorrent to those states.