The Jacksonian Era Of The Common Man

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The Jacksonian period (1824-1841) is widely recognized as the era of the “common man”. To an extent, this statement is true due to the numerous political advancements that increased the rights of the “common man”. However, the political developments alone do not form a full picture of this period. In contrast with the progress in the political sphere, the economic developments during this era oppressed the people as America plunged into the worst financial depression it had seen to that point. The American government in the 19th century was perfectly summed up, ironically, by a Frenchman, Alexis de Toqueville. Toqueville was a French historian who documented and studied American democracy extensively and was an avid supporter of American democracy. He wanted France to mimic American governmental institutions. In his book, Democracy in America, Toqueville says, “Long before the appointed day arrives, the election becomes the greatest, and one might say the only, affair occupying men 's minds....the whole nation gets into a feverish state” (Document 7). Toqueville is referring to the voting fervor that took hold of America during elections. With the advent of universal male suffrage, more and more people were able to vote and they fully exercised this right as evident by voter participation statistics from 1824 to 1848. Voter participation increased from 23 percent to 73 percent in the span of 24 years (Document 6). Voter participation increased over the years due…

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