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What were Andrew Jackson's strengths and weaknesses as president?

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Andrew Jackson's greatest strength as president was his willingness to defend the Union. His strength of leadership during the Nullification Crisis led to South Carolina recanting its threat to leave the Union and no other states coming to its support. Jackson threatened to personally lead the army into South Carolina to ensure that it did not secede. If James Buchanan would have taken that step, the Civil War might not have happened.

While it is hard to judge Jackson based on modern standards, he did have many flaws. His willingness to make banking a state responsibility rather than a federal one did allow the Panic of 1837 to unfold under his successor's watch. At the time, the Panic of 1837 was the greatest financial calamity to hit the United States. Jackson also did not enforce the Worcester v. Georgia ruling, in which the Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee people. Jackson's Indian Removal Act led to the Trail of Tears—one of the worst events in Native American history. By...

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