Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:
“In a brief speech, Jackson praises his administration’s success in foreign policy and pledges to both respect state’s rights and uphold the integrity of the Union in the domestic sphere.”
Thoughts on Transcript:
The difference that four short years make. Jackson’s first address speaks of the limitations of the Executive branch, dangers of standing armies, and other words of restraint. However, the issue of slavery has been brewing under the surface for many years. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 established a line of free and slave states. Abolitionists are distributing literature and agitating for the release of slaves. Jackson owns slaves. Unity is in trouble.