“ I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place. He has had very little respect for laws or constitutions, and is, in fact, an able military chief. His passions are terrible. When I was President of the Senate he was a Senator; and he could never speak on account of the rashness of his feelings. I have seen him attempt it repeatedly, and as often choke with rage. His passions are no doubt cooler now; he has been much tried since I knew him, but he is a dangerous man."
“ I fought hard but your guns were well aimed…My warriors fell around me…The sun rose dim on us in the morning, and at night it sunk in a dark cloud, and looked like a ball of fire. That was the last sun that shone on Black Hawk…
The white men do not scalp the head; but they do worse—they poison the heart…Farewell my nation! Farewell to Black Hawk.”
The Age of Jackson has frequently been seen as a triumph of the “common man.” Indeed, political participation did surge. On the other hand, this had less to do with Jackson’s policies or ideas and more to do with the reemergence of a competitive political system in the United States.
Jackson’s rule signaled the demise of Native American autonomy east of the Mississippi and inaugurated policies of relocation that approach ethnic cleansing.
The Second Party System, premised upon cross-sectional compromise and national competition for elected office, also mandated a national blindness about slavery. Yet the moral fervor of the Second Great Awakening inspired a movement for reform that could not help but touch upon slavery.