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Chapter 10 Notes The Triumph of White Men’s Democracy Introduction : This chapter explores the rising tide of democracy, soon to be known as Jacksonian Democracy. The controversial election of 1824 will be covered, along with John Quincy Adams’ one term, and finally the highlights of the Jackson presidency following Jackson’s victory in the election of 1828. Study Note : Again, I would move quickly through the material in the early part of the chapter and concentrate on the information beginning with “Jackson and the Politics of Democracy” that starts on page 280. The New Hotels In their own way, these establishments built to accommodate the increasing number of American who were traveling, were an expression of emerging American democracy: you pay, you get a room whatever your social class. European travelers in this country were often shocked by the hotels’ lack of enforcing what Europeans considered to be normal social distinctions. Democracy The Founding Fathers had defined democracy as the direct rule of the people, and they were not overly fond of this concept. During the 1820s and 1830s, however, the concept took hold that said that the common people were sovereign, that their voice was the voice of God. As deference in American society became a thing of the past, self- made men began to emerge in the economy and in politics. But this growing spirit of democracy, soon to be called Jacksonian Democracy, did not call for the equal distribution of wealth; it supported equality of opportunity, not equality of reward. Election of 1824
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At present, the country had only one political party, Jefferson’s Republican Party, but several men in the party hoped to be elected the next president in 1824: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and William Crawford. Jackson led the four man field in the election, but did not have a majority of the electoral vote, and you must have a majority, not just more than any other candidate.
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