The Importance Of Suffrage In The United States

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Due to previous failures of other countries that tried to expand voting rights, there is fear of the expansion of voting rights in New York. According to Document B it states, “[universal suffrage]...has been regarded with terror...in every European republic...in which it has been tried, it has terminated disastrously...in the poor to covet and to share the plunder of the rich...We are no longer to remain plain and simple republics of farmers...We are fast becoming a great nation, with great commerce, manufactures, population, wealth, luxuries.” This demonstrates that since previous attempts at expanding voting rights have failed, New York should not expand voting rights and to oppose the proposal to drop property ownership requirements. James Kent voted against the amending of the constitution, but his opposition was unsuccessful because there were more votes towards amending the…show more content…
According to Document C, it states, “We must always have party distinctions and the old ones are the best..between the planters of the South and the plain Republicans of the North. The country has once flourished under a party thus constituted and many again.” This proves to the people that are skeptical to bring back political parties by stating that since political parties have flourished in the past it will flourish again with the addition of connecting the Southern planters and Northern Republicans under one party. In order for a political party to flourish, it must have an opposition, which was able to happen due to the Corrupt Bargain. The supporters of Jackson was outraged when the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as president, which they called the Corrupt Bargain. However, by the next election in 1828 two distinct political parties emerged. Andrew Jackson’s supporters called themselves Democrats and John Quincy Adams called themselves National
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