Government 3665 Study Guide Part 2_StudyGuide

Government 3665 Study Guide Part 2_StudyGuide - 6Jacksonism...

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I. Historical Setting a. Age of conflict b. Period of class war; the haves vs the have nots c. Democratization of America d. The emergence of the American spirit II. Jacksonian Political Ideals a. The presidency as the protector of the people b. The people as only white males c. Popularism III. Producing People v the Monster Bank a. The common man v the idle rich b. The building of corporations c. The bank as a monopoly and an advantage over the common man a. Only saw some people as the ‘people’ b. Civilization v savagism Pg 395 “For principle of eternal trust, as practice, in character, as they are vital in importance; for principles deep-seated in the nature of man, by whose development , alone, he can attain the happiness which is the great object of his being those principles are, That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That all men, are by nature, equally free, And That a majority of the community possesses, by the law of nature and necessity, a right to control its concerns That while, in the Declaration of Rights, they asserted that all power is vested in the people, and should be exercised by a majority of the people, they established a Government in which unequal counties, expressing their sense by the representatives of a selected few in those counties, to wit, the freeholders, were the real political units, or essential elements of political power. ‘As early as 1781, Mr. Jefferson exhorted the people of Virginia, in the most earnest and impressive language afforded them for entrenching, within good forms, the rights for which they had bled”
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The principles of justice are the foundation of the social fabric, and rash and foolish are he and blind to his true interest, who undermines the foundation and tumbles the fabric in ruins. o Who: John R Cooke o Themes: egalitarian vote for the people: note the people are just white males,, the common mans, the Jacksonian democracy o Context: Debate in the Virginia Constitutional Convection (1829 – 1830) who were debating whether to extend the vote o Significance: sign of democratization of America during Jackson’s time and the rise of the ‘common man’ Pg 401 “there is no original a priori principle in the law of nature, which gives a majority a right to control a minority; and of course, that we are not bound by any obligation prior to society, to adopt that principle in our civil institutions. * the law of force gives the only rule of right that all men are by nature equal, for this is the very foundation of their claim of right in majority. If this be so, each individual has his rights, which are precisely equal to the rights of his fellow
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This test prep was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course GOVT 3665 taught by Professor Kramnick, i during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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