The Revolution Of The United States

2051 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 9 Pages
Jacksonian Revolution In the early 1800s, it was generally known that in order to vote, a person was required to have a “stake” in society, they either had to pay taxes or own so many acres of land. Voting rights varied throughout the colonies, for example, some colonies added restrictions due to the religious beliefs of the voters. Furthermore, under the United States Constitution the presidential electors were chosen by the state legislatures not by the people, as well, eligibility to vote for members of the House of Representatives was left to the states. Women, Indians and blacks (slave or free) were restricted from voting almost in all regions. In our era, democracy is known as a government “for the people, by the people”, and is characterized by equal rights and privileges, in addition, social and political equality. Andrew Jackson’s Presidency and the events following can be seen as major contributions to the democracy our nation withholds today. Before Andrew Jackson, John Adams led the nation into many dramatic changes in the American life. There was a great population movement into the cities from the countryside, and an increase in all kinds of industrial businesses. Transportation, such as trains, canals and roads, were developed at great speed. Perhaps the most important event, all white men became eligible to vote. Giving the vote to all white men was a radical idea to some. In the past only wealthy and educated men were considered fit and able to vote and…
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