#17 Democratizing Politics

#17 Democratizing Politics - Wednesday,May31,y I New...

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Wednesday, May 31, y Democratizing Politics  I. New Solutions W orld less predictable sought more solutions: political & social to try & predict II. Jacksonian Democracy A. Andrew Jackson: National Hero or “Barbarian” New Era Grown up W. of Apps fought British in Am. Rev when he was 13 no formal education; large fortune due to law practice lived in finest land of the state w huge mansion (Tennessee) -owned many slaves (100’s) said to be “for the people” national hero by 1815-> more presence & charisma than any president since G. Washington Inspired bitter hatred to his enemies -overbearing -short tempered killed a man @ race track just being @ a race track in this time would make him unfit for presidency ac- cording to elite some referred to “barbarian” -> uneducated B. The 1828 Election New climate in politics of US 1. Dress Rehearsal—1824 Jackson & Adam were 2 of 4 candidates running Jackson won plurality of votes but not enough to win some couldn't fathom Jackson in pres.; threw their support to Adams who won 2. The Expanded Electorate since 1810, more & more had right to vote 6 states joined since then & all granted all male white adults right to vote -regardless of their property owning other states had same lowered requirements 2 didn't but still lowered amount of land necessary to vote 1
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Wednesday, May 31, y still, only 25% of eligible voters actually voted Jackson knew that there was a huge portion of eligible voters out there to sway 3. A Political Paradox If all white men are created equal, why can’t everyone vote?
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