Andrew Jackson's Presidency

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How did the policies of President Andrew Jackson affect life in Mississippi?

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President Andrew Jackson’s policies affected the lives of people throughout the country, including those people living in Mississippi. When President Jackson supported the enforcement of the high protective tariff of 1828, the people in Mississippi were affected. The main job of most people in Mississippi was farming. A large amount of cotton was being grown. The high protective tariff, while good for the northern states, was harmful to southern states like Mississippi. The people in Mississippi would now pay more to buy American products than they would have had to pay if they could have bought European products without the protective tariff being placed on them.

The Indian Removal Act affected the Native Americans living in Mississippi. This law forced many Native American tribes that were living east of the Mississippi River to move to the lands west of the Mississippi River. The Chickasaw tribe was one tribe in Mississippi that was affected by this law.

The people of Mississippi were affected by President’s Jackson desire to get rid of the national bank. When President Jackson refused to extend the bank’s charter, he placed the government’s money into state banks. It was easier to get loans from state banks. When Jackson issued the Specie Circular to slow investment in western lands using government funds, the led to a major economic crisis in 1837, once the Specie Circular went into effect. The people of Mississippi were affected by the economic downturn. Many plantation owners suffered tremendously because of this crisis. Some lost their plantations.

Andrew Jackson’s policies affected the entire country, including the people in Mississippi.

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