DBQ 1820s 1830s Essay

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For quite some time Americans have been led to believe that during the 1820s and 30s,
Jacksonian Democrats were the guardians of the people, and worked to improve the nation for the people. The truth remains, however, that during this period, President Jackson vetoed a bill to recharter the Bank of the United States of America, infringed on the rights of Native
Americans, used “brute” force to bring Southerners under submission during the Tariff of 1832.
He enacted the Spoils System which did not guarantee the best leadership, and was morally corrupt. Although the nation’s economy and political democracy flourished during the reign of
President Jackson, constitutional rights, equal opportunity and individual liberties were
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Quaint “master and apprentice shops” were quickly overtaken by uncomfortably crowded factories. While owners of assembly plants enjoyed a luxurious living, workers were subject to poor working conditions, low salaries, and meager meals. Because wages were so low, whole families were required to work in order to pay costs of living. This exploited children as young as ten years old. Because of these conditions and the exploitaion of children, relationships between employers and employees were very professional, and cold. These emotions were reflected in “The Working Men’s Declaration of Independence” (A). It wasn’t until the 1840s that Labor Unions were granted by the
President, and workers began to finally receive the protection needed to secure their rights as workers and Americans.
In his Diary from 1828-1851, Phillip Hone recorded observations of what he noticed during two riots between the Irish and Americans. He also speaks about quarrels between the
Irish and Blacks, and Blacks and Whites (E). It is important to understand what was happening between the Irish and Americans, and between the Irish and the Blacks. The Irish fleeing british overlords traveled to America in search of a new life, hoping to claim land in the west.
Consequently, due to shortage of funds, many were too poor to make the trip out west, and forced to live in the slums of eastern cities. Present
Americans, however, found the new competition between

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