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Jackson and the American System

November 30, 1823
Source: The Library of Congress

As a senator in 1824, Andrew Jackson had backed the American System, an economic plan centered on protective tariffs and federal subsidies for transportation projects. Jackson, however, became opposed to the system as sectional wrangling over the system disillusioned him. As President, his opposition was evident when he vetoed multiple bills and essentially halted federal internal improvement spending and renounced protection tariffs. 

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