Unit 13/14 a growing sense of nationhood/ andrew jackson and the growth of american democracy section 1 the era of good feelings


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SECTION 5 JACKSON'S APPROACH TO GOVERNING Andrew Jackson approached governing much as he had leading an army. He listened to others, but then did what he thought was right.

The Kitchen Cabinet Jackson did not rely only on his cabinet for advice. He made most of his decisions with the help of trusted friends and political supporters. Because these advisers were said to meet with him in the White House kitchen, they were called the “kitchen cabinet.”

The rich men who had been used to influencing the government viewed the “kitchen cabinet” with deep suspicion. In their eyes, the men around the president were not the proper sort to be running the country. One congressman accused Amos Kendall, Jackson’s closest adviser, of being “the President’s . . . lying machine.” Jackson ignored such charges and continued to turn to men he trusted for advice.

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