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Lesson:Jacksonian DemocracyAndrew Jackson, Election of 1828, and Jacksonian Democracy©Lauren Webb. 2015.{a social studies life}
Name __________________________________________________________________Date ________________________________Social StudiesThe Changing NationJacksonian DemocracyAim: How did Andrew Jackson shape his presidency?Do Now:Examine the types of jobs listed below and answer the question in complete sentencesin their box.(2-3 sentences each)Types of JobsPolice OfficerTeacherFirefighterCustodianDo people that work these jobs need to be qualified for their job?Explain your answer using relevant details and examples.(3-4 complete sentences)____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Directions: Analyze the election map of 1828 and answer the questions that correspond incomplete sentences.1)Who won the election of 1828?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2)Which region of the United States supported Andrew Jackson?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3)Which region of the United States supported John Quincy Adams?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4)Who won the popular vote?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Directions: Analyze the election map of 1828 and answer the questions that correspond in completesentences.Andrew Jackson felt that the 1824 election had been stolen from himthat the will ofthe people had been ignored.Jackson and his supporters were outraged.He immediately set towork to gain the presidency in 1828.For the next four years, the split in the Democratic-Republican party between thesupporters of Jackson and of John Quincy Adams grew wider.Jackson claimed to representthe “common man.”He said Adams represented a groupof privileged, wealthy Easterners.Thisdivision eventually created two parties.The Democrats came from among the Jacksonsupporters, while the National Republicans grew from the Adams supporters.The election of 1828 again matched Jackson against Adams.It was a bitter campaignboth sides made vicious personal attacks.Even Jackson’s wife, Rachel, became a target.During the campaign, Jackson crusaded against control of the government by the wealthy.Hepromised to look out for the interests of common people.He also promoted the concept ofmajority rule.The idea of spreading political power to all the people and ensuring majority rulebecame known as Jacksonian democracy.Actually, the process of spreading political power had begun before Jackson ran foroffice.When Jefferson was president in the early 1800s, additional people had gained the rightto vote as states reduced restrictions on who could vote.Before, for example, only those whoowned property or paid taxes could vote in many states.This easing of voting restrictionsincreased the number of voters.But voting was still limited to adult white males.The expansion of voting rights helped Jackson achieve an overwhelming win in the 1828presidential election.Jackson’striumph was hailed as a victory for common people.Largenumbers of Western farmers as well as workers in the nation’s cities supported him.Their voteput an end to the idea that the government should be controlled by an educated elite.Now, thecommon people would be governed by one of their own.

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