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Unformatted text preview: Assessing Jacksonian Democracy During the period from 1824 to 1840, the American political system came of age. Not only were more men eligible to vote, but an increasing percentage of the eligible were actually exercising their right to do so. Political parties, which the framers of the Constitution made no provision for and disdained, became an established fact of American life. Elements of the process by which presidents are chosenthe party convention and the party platformwere introduced. Even if the parties did not focus on the major questions of the day (most notably slavery), the campaigns they ran were geared to bring out as many people as possible to support a candidate. Jackson probably viewed his two terms as president a success. He had resolved the problem of the Native American tribes east of the Mississippi River. The removal was nearing completion by the Native American tribes east of the Mississippi River....
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