The Jacksonian Era Essay

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The Jacksonian Era is often described as a time when the United States experienced the “democratization of politics.” Is this accurate? How was democracy defined in this era? In a democracy each and every citizen of the state is supposed to have an equal say in the government. Today everyone has the opportunity to vote and has equal rights with no restrictions to American citizens. On the other hand back in the Jacksonian Era this was different. Before his time this wasn’t necessarily the case though and during Jackson’s era many improvements were made while many improvements that should’ve been made weren’t. During the Jacksonian Era the democratization of politics, which was seen as the equality and justice toward white males,
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Despite such improvements towards the contemporary ideal democracy many setbacks occurred in achieving aspects of a true real democracy. As displayed in the graph in Document 2 the expansion of the states was progressively growing while the racial exclusion progressively increased as well. The rate of the racial exclusion grew more rapid than that of the state expansion indicating the growing racial sentiments. These racial sentiments were what increasingly prevented minority races to vote and be involved in the government, which reflected the goal at the time of white universal male suffrage. Although this goal goes against today’s common democratic ideal of universal suffrage, which was not held at the time of Jackson. Andrew Jackson also attempts to Americanize the Native Americans to supply the Indians an option for staying on their land. Jackson forces them to comply with his demands and if the Indians refuse they will be forced west. He abides by the belief at the time that Indians didn’t fall under the white male description therefore they don’t have the ability to remain in their lands since they our desired by the government. The Cherokee Nation responds by stating they are being oppressed and unjustifiably forced off their rightfully claimed land. They are deprived of their rights and since they refuse to comply with the unjust laws they are being forced off their
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