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Unformatted text preview: Democratic Space: The New Hotels The hotels provided lodging to travelers and new arrivals. The new hotels was a sigh from the democratic government that white males were on the move geographically and socially. African Americans and Native Americans were still discriminated, excluded and denied suffrage. The poor that could not afford hotel room used the squalid rooming houses. The hotel was a symbol for the democratic spirit of the age. The idea of equality and equal opportunity did not extend across race and gender. Discrimination against Native Americans, African Americans and women of all races still existed. Democracy in Theory and practice Democracy was used to describe how American institutions were supposed to work. Conservatives had to win over the public opinion before making a decision People assumed that the rich were the leaders of the community. Inherited social ranks and clearly defined aristocrats or privileged groups disappeared. Self-made men of lowly origins could more readily acquire power and influence and tht exclusiveness and aristocratic pretentions were likely to provoke hostility. The gap between the rich and poor increased during 1820s and 1830s. Democratic Culture People believed that equality was the governing principle of American society. There was no more distinctive dress codes for upper and lower class. The big hair and wigs were now traded to short hair and pantaloons for men of all classes. The rise of industrialization was also creating a permanent class of low-paid, unorganized wage earners. There was a big inequality of status between southern planters and their black slaves. Quack and folk healers could compete freely with established medical doctors because licensing wasnt required. The clergy responded to the new democratic spirit by developing a more popular and emotional style of preaching to please their public. New political views can now find an audience. Journalism was open to those who were literate and had something to say. People used literature and art to improve popular taste and install deeper moral and spiritual values. A mass market for popular literature was made because of a rise in literacy and a revolution. More potential readers and lower publishing costs led to a flood of lurid and sentimental novels. Women were most of the writers but portrayed themselves as men. Theater was popular during the Jacksonian Era. Democratic Political Institutions Most staes had removed the last barriers to voting for all white males....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course AMH AMH2020 taught by Professor Crawford during the Spring '12 term at Broward College.
- Spring '12
- Democracy in America