Democracy

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Democracy 3/30/11 1840 more than 90% of the adult white male population was eligible to vote democratic unions made up the American sense of self Alexis de Tocqueville went back to France and published Democracy in America o Key insight was that by 1830’s it was more than voting, that a habit of the heart developed. It did 3 things 1. Highlighted individual initiative 2. A belief in equality 3. An active public sphere populated by numerous volunteer organizations that would improve society (some women would now be removed from private sphere) By 1830’s, Jackson presidency, the idea that the people ruled, was well accepted. New economic restrictions started to form. o Market revolution and political democracy started some openings for women in the public sphere o Publishing grew in this time Penny press- magazines, advice manuals and religious titles Women writers started writing- Beecher, Child o Equality had become an American obsession in the 1830’s
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