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In 1828 President Andrew Jackson was elected which brought about several changes in the government. Along with Jackson’s rise came the rise of the highly controversial Jacksonian Democrats. The Jacksonian Democrats were able to preserve some equality of economic opportunity however they falsely claimed to be guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy and individual liberty.Jacksonian Democrats claimed themselves to be guardians of the  “United States Constitution”. Yet they made many choices that would affect the credibility to this claim. In Document G, a picture is shown where the Cherokee Nation is forced off their land and made to walk thousands of miles to land foreign to them. The Cherokees fought for their rights in the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the Cherokees. Yet this still did not stop Jacksonians. This was an infringement of the Constitution because the Jacksonians did not follow command of the Supreme Court’s decisions. Another instance where the Jacksonians failed to uphold the Constitution is when they rejected abolitionists for their anti-slavery propaganda. This was a strict attack on the first amendment of the Constitution; the freedom of speech and the freedom of press. Jackson was assisted by Congress in restricting these rights and were able to pass the “gag rule”. The rule stated that abolitionist propaganda would be forbidden. The Jacksonians were not the “guardians of the United States Constitution” as they claimed.The other parts of Jacksonian democrat beliefs were that they fought for political democracy and defended individual liberty. This was only partially true in most instances. A case where there was a lack of political democracy is in Document B. In document B Jackson call out the rich for claiming too much power in the Second Bank. Jackson critiques that they have “a monopoly of the foreign and domestic exchange.” Jackson, a southern man who supports the middle class, lectures the rich and their use of the Bank. This shows a major disparity of political democracy because he has favoring views of the middle class instead of the higher class. Daniel Webster goes along with this idea as he says that Jackson is just creating distance between the rich and the poor. The extreme preference for the common people demonstrated a lopsided political democracy where the individual liberties of the rich were ignored.(Doc.C) During Jackson’s term, he formed universal white manhood suffrage. This gave the right to vote to all white men, even for those without land. As It is an upgrade for political democracy, it completely ignored the other half of the population which included women and blacks. This restricted the individual liberties of women and African Americans, and it also represented a lack of political democracy because voting was not for all people. Individual liberty and political democracy were confined by the Jacksonian Democrats ways.Although Andrew Jackson’s term increased nationwide economic prosperity, his term came at a great expense and hurt the individual economic opportunity. In Documents B and H, Jackson breaks down companies he believes to be monopolies like the Second Bank and the Charles River Bridge Corporation. Equal economic opportunity was given in Document B as the money stored in the Second Bank was placed into smaller state banks. But Stockholders and investors lost the Bank as a place of potential investment. This shows how Jackson’s actions created a lack of economic opportunity. Blacks also did not have the same equality of economic opportunity. Education for blacks or women to learn working skills was few compared to those available for white males. This made sure that Blacks and women were not able to have the same rights for jobs as white males were. In 1829 George Henry Evans delivered a speech about the rights of working men. Although the Jacksonian’s decision to eventually expand the right to vote to all white males increased economic opportunity, Evans says he only acted because there was no economic opportunity to begin with.(Doc.A) Although the Jacksonian democrats demonstrated support for economic opportunity, Jacksonians still did not completely uphold the principle of equal economic opportunity. Andrew Jackson’s policies favored the middle class too much.Jacksonian democrats, on most instances, did not follow the ideals on which they claimed to represent. The forceful removal of the Cherokee represented lack of individual liberties and political democracy. The the “gag rule” and the disobedience to the Supreme court showed violation to the United States Constitution. Lastly, the veto of the Second Bank promoted equal economic opportunity for the poor, but took away opportunity for the wealthy. Jacksonian democrats and Andrew Jackson were somewhat able to maintainequality of economic opportunity but they were not the guardians of the United States Constitution, political democracy and individual liberty.