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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 2. Evaluate the importance of Jacksonian Democracy and how it represented a change in the social, political and economic life of the United States

Objective a. Explain how the philosophies and policies of the Jacksonian Era represented a move towards greater democratization


Born to poor farmers in a western log cabin, Andrew Jackson supported the right of the common man to have a voice in government. He courted the votes of average Americans during the election of 1828 through public rallies, election buttons, slogans, and barbecues – all tools used for the first time in politics. Once elected, Jackson expanded the role of the common man in government by replacing bureaucratic federal employees with his own supporters. His party, the Democratic-Republicans, helped to further democratize the political process by abandoning the selection of presidential nominees by caucus and instituting nominating conventions. Together, these measures profoundly influenced American politics and society by giving common people more of a voice in the political process and, consequently, in the shaping of the future of the United States.

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