Forces of Change. From Republicanism to Democracy The Age of Jackson “Government reflected the belief in the Equality of Man . ” Degler. Essential Question:. Champion of the “Common Man”?. “King” Andrew?. OR.
From Republicanism to Democracy
The Age of Jackson
“Government reflected the belief in the Equality of Man.”
Champion of the “Common Man”?
"Andrew Jackson, I am given to understand, was a patriot and a traitor. He was one of the greatest of generals, and wholly ignorant of the art of war. A writer brilliant, elegant, eloquent, and without being able to compose a correct sentence, or spell words of four syllables. The first of statesmen, he never devised, he never framed a measure. He was the most candid of men, and was capable of the profoundest dissimulation. A most law-defying, law-obeying citizen. A stickler for discipline, he never hesitated to disobey his superior. A democratic aristocrat. An urbane savage. An atrocious saint.“
—James Parton, “Father of the American Biography”, 1830’s
in the 19c?
Belief that the common man was capable of uncommon achievements.
White male suffrage given to all.
Spoils system/Rotation in Office
Rise of Third Parties
Two-party system returned in the 1832 election:
Dem-Reps Natl. Reps.(1828) Whigs (1832) Republicans (1854)
1790 to 1828
Caucus---small group of individuals who would choose a candidate
1828 to 1900
Convention---members from the political parties nominate a candidate. Eliminated, “King Caucus”
Current System Used
Direct Primary---allow registered voters to participate in choosing a candidate
Which would be negative?
Which changes are still with us today?
Sen. Daniel Webster[MA]
Sen. Robert Hayne[SC]
We, the people of the Cherokee Nation, in National Convention assembled, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, promote the common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of freedom acknowledging, with humility and gratitude, the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in permitting us so to do, and imploring His aid and guidance in its accomplishment--do ordain and establish this Constitution for the government of the Cherokee Nation.
Why was Jackson referred to as King?
Is this accurate? Why, Why not?
Should Jackson be criticized for pushing the Indians off their land? Or is he forgiven since this was a commonly held opinion of the Native American people at that time?
NicholasBiddle[an arrogant aristocrat from Philadelphia]
The Panic of 1837!
IT IS ANDREW JACKSON’S FAULT!!!!!!