The Antebellum Period And Jacksonian Democracy

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After the War of 1812, The United States entered a period of intense social, political and economic change. These changes would eventually deconstruct America into two factions that would go to war in 1861. The era before that, 1815-1850, has been given many names. The “antebellum period” and “Jacksonian democracy” are just two of the long list. However, I propose that we pull from one of the most important themes of this era: the ideology of republicanism. Republicanism defined the United States since its beginnings as a mere colony rebelling against monarchial tyranny. Therefore I suggest we name the textbook “republicanism: 1816-1850.”
Within the contents of the “republicanism: 1816-1850” (I chose to use the dates because students these days appreciate minimalism and direct terms more than titles), there should be a focus on Industrialization, Social Ramifications of Industrialization, Westward Expansion, and Politics. First though, an understanding of republicanism must be achieved. Please recall that republicanism became popular in the revolutionary period. Throughout the years of our textbook, a common phrase for businessman, politicians, and others was, “appealing to nations republican heritage.” The central tenants of republicanism are the protection of the common good, to the point of citizens being subordinated for the communal well-being, and the protection of the interests of the people, achieved by citizens participating in the political process. Rulers are to…

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