Jefferson Believed that capable, well-educated leaders should govern in people’s interests. Reelected chiefly an agricultural society. Limited democracy mainly to its political aspects. Jacksonian Democracy compared with Jeffersonian Democracy
Jackson Believed that the people themselves should manage governmental affairs. Reflected an agricultural and industrial society. Expanded democracy to include social and economic aspects Andy’s turn
Political aspects of the Jackson Era • 1. Democracy in the states. (qualifications, elected vice appointed officials, term lengths.) • 2. Democracy in Presidential elections. Down with “King Caucus”. Conventions instead.
3. Democratic view of the Presidency. The veto, South Carolina challenge, refusal to enforce Marshall decision regarding the Cherokee. • 4. Spoils system. “To the victory belong the spoils.” Encouraged turnover and this protected against built-in aristocracy.
Economic aspects of the Jacksonian Era • 1. Cheap land. 80 acres for as little as $1.25 an acre. Squatters rights. • 2. Growth of Trade Unions. Located mainly in large cities.