Lecture 8(Age of Jackson)

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HIST 3071: Louisiana History Spring 2008 Dr. Alecia P. Long 2.14.08 LOUSIANA IN THE AGE OF JACKSON “History is politics projected into the past.”—M.N. Pokrovsky “In the case of Louisiana, history also provides a basis for understanding the state’s politics in the present.” When is the Age of Jackson ? * 1820s-1840s * Also called the Antebellum period (before the Civil War) What does it mean ? * Jackson—an American icon * The common man * Class distinctions—not all equal * Benefit of Frontier * Politics of Personality---Jackson was gambler, drinker, fighter o The presidential office never the same—1 st President who was a common man, rise to the office is the most important in political history Jackson Era Also Includes : * Rise of the common man * Evidence of class distinctions * Benefits of the frontier o Interest in going West for success * Rise of political parties o Federalists o republicans * Aggressive campaigning * Charges of political corruption What about Louisiana : * 1820—LA was still isolated o
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