Andrew Jackson’s Bank War

From Jackson's veto of the Bank's recharter in July 1832: 'It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.'

Lecture Description

Andrew Jackson’s campaign to destroy the Bank of the United States reordered the American political landscape. It introduced a new and enduring populist strain into political rhetoric, prompted the formation of national political parties, and culminated in Jackson’s formal censure by the United States Senate, the only time that has ever occurred. This talk explains what happened and why it still matters.


1800-1865 Politics

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