Were Andrew Jackson’s Policies “Good for the Economy”?
By Robert M. Whaples
This article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of The Independent Review


Old Hickory was a disaster for slaves and Native Americans, but from the perspective of the early-nineteenth-century electorate his policies were better than most. He curbed the growth of government, increased competition in the financial sector, and, most importantly, made resources more available to citizens by helping to put fertile land into the hands of the voting public.

Other Independent Review articles by Robert M. Whaples
    Winter 2016   The Economic Future: An Introduction
    Fall 2015   Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next One
    Spring 2015   Skeptical Thoughts on a Taxpayer-Funded Basic Income Guarantee
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