Essay on Jacksonian Democracy

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Jacksonian Democracy

Andrew Jackson began a whole new era in American history. Amongst his greatest accomplishments were evoking the "common man" to be interested in government and tailoring democracy to satisfy the same "common man’s" needs. Of course, Jackson could not go about making such radical changes without supporters, but that never surfaced as a problem. Jacksonian Democrats, as they came to be called, were great in number during the 1820’s and 1830’s. They advocated all of the issues that President Jackson did, and did so with great vigor. They thought of themselves very highly because they recognized their responsibilities as American citizens. They realized that as political leaders they had a true purpose- to protect
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Another such instance that dealt with monopoly and equality of economic opportunity was the Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge case in 1837. In it, Chief Justice Taney ruled that new enterprises could not be confined by the implied privileges of old charters, in an effort to allow for competition and free enterprise. Political democracy was one of the resurfacing interests during the Jacksonian Era. Jacksonian Democrats saw it as their duty to protect the government run by the people, as the Constitution had intended it, the results of which could be seen everywhere. Government had been thought of as something for the few aristocrats, not the general population. This notion ended when Jackson’s "spoils system" accompanied by his policy of rotation in office allowed more people to become involved in government by rewarding political supporters with offices. This heightened the interest of the general population in government in both good and bad ways. Voter turnout doubled in the election of 1828, but some elections, for example those in the accounts in The Diary of Philip Hone, resulted in riots over heated issues. During Jackson’s time, democracy took on a much fuller meaning of rule by the people when almost all property requirements for voters were eliminated, allowing for even more involvement. As Harriet Martineau evinces in her work, Society in America, the majority of America during the Jacksonian time
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