uring the 1830’s to the 1850’s, two seemingly contrasting parities displayed various forms of similarities. Examining ideals, the Democratic party and the Whig party were generally opposed to each other. The Jacksonian Democratic Party and the whig party were generally opposed to each other in their ideals. The democrats were devoted to jefferson's idea of an agrarian society run by the common man, whereas the wings promoted the industry and manufacturing of the north'd states. presidency, however, birthed a common ground between them. While the practices between the political parties remained constant, actual ideologies varied between Whigs and Democrats.
Supporting the Democratic Party they believed “government should adopt a hands-off attitude toward the economy and not award special favors to entrenched economic interests” (Foner, p. 380). These views were opposed by parties like the Whigs which believed that the American national government should be strengthened. Foner states “Whigs united behind the American system, believing that via a protective tariff, a national bank, and aid to internal improvements, the federal government could guide economic development” (Foner, p. 381). Jackson’s opposition to the stronger national government essentially created opposing sides to the development of America. Jackson’s strong stance on issues like the national banks and government is what accounted for hostilities that he stirred up among people with opposing views. Though these beliefs created hostility from opposing views they were also what created such a strong following from the Democratic
Jacksonian Democracy describes the time from when Andrew Jackson became the seventh president of the United States in 1829 till the end of his second term in 1837 (Shi and Tindall, 319). He was the first president that didn’t come from a prominent colonial family. His “common man” background lead him to being a popular political figure among the common people. This lead to him and his supporters forming America’s democratic party. A democracy is a system of government where the people or citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body. Andrew Jackson and his supporters greatly supported the idea of democracy. They wanted the common people of America to have more power when it came to
The Jacksonian Democratic Party and the Whig Party each, exemplified different beliefs on the role of the federal government in the economy and towards westward expansion in the 1830s and 1840s. However, the Jacksonian, laissez faire supporting Democrats and the economic nationalistic Whig party shared almost no beliefs except for the removal of American Indians in the areas their supporters wished to settle. The lack of similarities is because the Whigs formed their own party to oppose President Jackson’s strong-armed leadership style and policies which earned him the nickname “King Andrew.” The Jacksonian Democratic Party evolved out of the Democratic-Republican Party in the early 1800s, the core of its membership was composed of farmers, immigrants, and white Southerners. The Whigs formed in 1834 and lasted for 20 years, they were the major political party that opposed Andrew Jackson. The Whigs were created based upon the Federalist beliefs in a strong federal government and adopted many Federalist and National Republican policy ideas, including federal funding for internal improvements, a central bank, and high tariffs to protect the growth of manufacturing enterprises. Overall, the Jacksonian Democratic agrarian Party and the industrialization supporting Whig Party had different beliefs toward the role of the federal government in the economy and towards westward expansion.
Throughout the period of 1820-1830, Jacksonian Democrats created a vastly popular political party. They were, of course, led by Andrew Jackson, a war hero and a man of the people. Jackson's followers who created the party were also "for the people." Such ideals were shown throughout various times within the
The ratification of the Constitution in 1787 brought forth many changes in everyday life for many of the citizens. The Constitution and even more famously, the “Bill of Rights” was one of the most influential and somewhat disputed pieces of the government during these times. Furthermore, these disputes are the key reason of political change, governmental parties, and even social change during this time period and beyond.
With the rise of Andrew Jackson as president in 1828, there were many changes in the government. The people who believed in his ideals were called Jacksonian Democrats. The Jacksonian Democrats indeed were the protectors of the US Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and economic equality.
The corrupt bargain is well known, however there is no way to prove that it actually took place. Even though Henry Clay threw his support behind John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson was able to win the election in 1828 and 1832. Jackson had different ideas compared to what the American
Jackson, receiving the majority of the popular vote in the Election of 1824, had a skewed opinion of the American political system compared to Henry Clay’s more objective view; Andrew Jackson felt that he had been robbed of his presidency due to Clay’s ability to expertly manipulate the bureaucracy. Clay saw an opportunity to assist and elect a fellow Whig who would, in turn, institute his own political views as head of the executive branch. Obviously, after winning the popular vote, Jackson felt that the Electoral College had cheated him but representatives of the American public decided to elect Adams in his place after falling short of a majority decision.
During the election of 1828, Andrew Jackson promised the people of the United States of America that he would be a defender of the common man. His supporters and followers, the Jacksonian Democrats, believed they were guardians of the common man (including his liberties) and the protectors of Democracy. Although it may seem that the Jacksonians acted in favor of the population’s concerns, the truth is that they only acted out of their own sectional interests. Furthermore, Jackson’s self-esteem and biased view contributed to the outrageous actions performed, which led to a terrible presidency.
Jacksonian Democrats saw themselves as guardians of the United States Constitution, individual liberty and equality of economic opportunity. However how they saw themselves wasn’t how they actually were and what they actually did.Even though they did fell strongly about helping the common and the constitution they were mostly concerned with
During his time as president, Andrew Jackson can be credited with founding a unique democracy that was controversial and heavily supported. Jacksonian democracy's outlook was essentially laissez-faire, and it was heavily influenced by the perceived power imbalance in the "Whig" party system. After Jackson got elected in 1829, changes were made in electoral rules and campaign styles, which made the country's political ethos more democratic than it previously had been. This was used to counter the Whig Political Party system. The tension between "liberty" and "power" came with this less intrusive form of government because the Democratic white farmers were now politically pitted against the business elites of the Whig party who heavily influenced the direction of the government. The Jacksonian Democratic party stood for simple, frugal, and unintrusive government.
The Jacksonian period has been regarded as the era of the “common man”, this characterization only holds true in regard to politics. Jackson’s action in economic development was little different from when this era began. His view towards reforms were threatening and unwanting. Jackson was relentless in his strive for presidency.
The Democrats wanted to limit the role of government in the market and wanted to resolve the tensions among the Northeast, West, and South. Also they wanted to do away with the national bank (Jackson put a lot of money into city and state bands as a result) and sell land at low rates and leave internal improvement basically to the states to deal with. The proposed government of the democrats was one centered in local affairs (one of the most important was slavery). Jackson therefore wanted weak central government within a permanent union. However soon came up the issue of Nullification with South Carolinas attempt to nullify the tariff of 1828.