Introduction to Jackson’s Controversial Policies

What you’ll learn to do: explain major issues during Jackson’s presidency, including the the Nullification Crisis and Bank War

A black and white image of Andrew Jackson's upper half.

Andrew Jackson’s reelection in 1832 signaled the rise of the Democratic Party and a new style of American politics. Jackson understood the views of the majority, and he skillfully used the popular will to his advantage. He adroitly navigated through the Nullification Crisis and made headlines with what his supporters viewed as his righteous war against the bastion of money, power, and entrenched insider interests, the Second Bank of the United States. His actions, however, motivated his political adversaries to fashion an effective opposition party, the Whigs.