Ch 10 372-406Democracy in America, 1815-1840Jackson=self made man=spread of democracyTHE TRIUMPH OF DEMOCRACYProperty and Democracy●Market revolution and territorial expansion were intimately connect with a third element of AM freedom: political Democracy●Everyone insisted that they had the right to vote●Property requirements for voting slowly went away; the personal independence necessary in the citizen now rested not on ownership of property, but on ownership of one’s selfThe Dorr War●Exception to trend towards democratization = Rhode Island○It was a center of factory production with property-less wage earners●Ratifiers of constitution formed a People’s Convention, drafted a new const, enfranchised all adult white men (and eliminated black voting rights), but President John Tyler sent troops to take out Thomas Dorr (elected governor)Tocqueville on Democracy●by 1840 more than 90% of adult white men could vote●Alexis Tocqueville (French): wrote an account of AM society amidst a political transformation○noted that Democracy was crucial to American freedom and is unique●Democracy reinforced a sense of equality among those who belonged to the political nationThe Information Revolution●info rev = explosion in printing and large expansion of public sphere produced by market rev and democracy○application of steam power added to increased output in newspaper production●Low postal rates = easier transfer of information●Each party need their views published → newspapers ftw●low cost of printing = appearance of “alternative” newspapers (ex: news for blacks, abolitionists, etc)●more women writersThe Limits of Democracy●The axiom that “the people ruled had become a universally accepted part of AM politics●democracy limited to white males of age●women basically had no rightsA Racial Democracy●Blacks are seen as a separate group in society in the early 19th century.●Minstrel shows were a type of racist imagery to satirize the African American stereotypes●After the revolutionary era, the states started to use race as a barrier for the right of suffrage for blacks. After the year 1800, every state limited the the right to vote to only white males except for Maine.Race and Class●1821, same NY convention that removed property qualifications for whites raised it for the blacks. ●I'm getting real tired of this anti-Nigga shit. Even Philadelphia, a haven for educated blacks, also did it. ●Only one guy refused from Pennsylvania bc he made excuse that it was limiting suffrage to whites: Maboi thaddeus Stevens, the og baller in the civil war later on. Pretty much everyone else tho are evil fuqbois. NATIONALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTSThe American War●War of 1812 made Americans really happy because they felt that had managed to bring a major power to a stalemate.