Jacksonian Democrats of the 1820s argued that they were the revival of the Jeffersonian Republicans,. What unique challenges did the Jacksonians face that the Jeffersonians did not? Do you think they responded in similar ways to challenges? Why or why not?
By the 1820s, the United States was an extremely different country to that of the turn of the century. The war of 1812 had shown the importance of a larger military, financial system, and federal control within the country which were all in direct opposition of Jefferson’s belief’s.
Although Jacksonians also opposed the expansion of federal control within the United States and vouched for the preservation of the individual rights of the sates, many concessions were made by the party that Jeffersonian Republicans would have balked at. In general, aspects such as national universities, federal banking systems, tax reforms, and the expansion of the military were all unique challenges that Jacksonians had to approach in a different fashion.
Both groups responded in similar ways in that they attempted to introduce or impede reform through legislation and congress, although they were not always successful. One of the greatest manifestations of this failure is the fact that Andrew Jackson, who strongly opposed the Federal banking system, has his portrait placed on the $20 bill, a frank summary of the Jacksonian efforts to impede reform.