Discuss Andrew Jackson's major beliefs regarding the common man, the presidency, and the proper role of government in the nation's economy.
While Jackson was a believer in the power of the common man, he was personally a little afraid of the mob. He had to leave during his own inaugural party when it appeared as though a mob of people would destroy the White House. Jackson was responsive to his constituents, voting to open land to white settlement in the South and railing against the money interests of the East with the closing of the Bank of the United States.
Jackson used the veto regularly and to the point that he was known as "King Andy I." Jackson also appointed his faithful party followers to positions of power in what would be known as the spoils system. Jackson believed that the federal government should largely stay out of the economy, and he voted down any attempt at federal funding for national roads and canals, much to the chagrin of Whigs, such as Henry Clay. His belief in state banks partially led to the Panic of 1837.