To answer the question why is the election and presidency of Andrew Jackson so often considered as a turning-point in the American history and if it was (many American historians think that it was a turning-point), I have to go through all of the events that happened before and during the period of his presidency.
Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845) was the 7th president of the United States, from 1829 to 1837. He was the first president who did not come from the aristocracy and also the first one who was associated with the frontier because he was living and has based his career in Tennessee. He also created a strong independent nation in America. During his presidency Andrew Jackson established many political parties which are known even today. Was it a turning – point? Let’s go through this period. During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom and the Indians he becomes a hero for American people, so he increased quickly his statute within the American government. He became a symbol for his era; it pushed the American citizens to believe in his power and in his will to help everybody and not only rich person.
Andrew Jackson did not trust any politicians at all; he only wanted people who supported him to work for him. That is why he chose the people who supported him during the elections to form a government. It was a spoils system also known as a rotation system. I can understand that he wanted have people that believe in his policies in order to get his programs completed. But on the other hand, the problem with this decision was that he preferred the loyalty instead of competencies.
Also he was a founder of the Democratic Party and gave his name to the era of the Jacksonian democracy, which characterizes his period of influence in the American Society. All these aspects push all Americans to prefer him instead of John Quincy Adams during the first election of 1828.
To me, one of the principal facts that push all the American historians to say that...