The Evolution of Democracy from Jefferson to Jackson Political To what extent was universal white manhood suffrage achieved? Jeffersonian Democracy – In Jeffersonian democracy, most states required white males to own property in order to vote. Jacksonian Democracy – Under Jacksonian Democracy, every state allowed white males to vote, even if they didn’t have property, except for the state of Rhode Island. Which citizens were considered eligible for office holding? Jeffersonian Democracy – Women were not eligible for office holding, for Jefferson often questioned their intelligence.
Jacksonian Democracy degenerated advances in the political process by the “common man” and minorities. It influenced the economic stability of the nation. And effected the status of the Union and sectionalism. Therefore, the Jacksonian democracy ultimately damaged the stability and union of the nation. Although Jacksonian democrats thought themselves to be defenders of the “common man” they only reached out to white males.
Paige Gay 11/4/12 Fueled by Forgotten Willentz defines democracy as,” Sovereignty rightly belongs to the mass of ordinary individual and equal citizens.” (Willentz 5). The Revolution gave rise to this idea of democracy as it resulted in the first form of representative government. Though the ingredients were all there, the constitution created a form of government that concentrated the power in the federal government. Wilentz notes that an increasing desire from democracy arose from discontents of this fairly new federal government. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that people began to take more interest and involvement in the problem.
In 1828, the fact that Andrew Jackson was running for president came as a shock to many Americans after an era of great presidents and leaders such as Washington, Jefferson, or James Madison. A lady even cried: “Well, if Andrew Jackson can be president, anybody can”. The revolution started with an overthrow of the noble republican standards by the common people. And “Old Hickory” Jackson sparked many of new democratic ideals. As the industrial revolution progressed after the War of 1812, great changes and numerous advancements expedited the growth of the nation.
POLITICAL Successes: Creating a democracy out of the ashes of defeat and the threat of Revolution in 1918/19 Creating a modern democratic constitution with explicit freedoms, PR, female suffrage and an elected Presidency. Eyck called it “an experiment in liberal, parliamentary democracy” Surviving the revolutionary period of 1918-19 and the hyperinflation crisis of 1923. Creating the stability and foreign policy successes of the ‘Golden Years’ (1924-1929) Henig - remember how fractured German society was – social class, region, age Failures: The ‘Ersatz Kaiser’ - Article 48 gave the President emergency powers. This was used extensively by Hindenburg after 1930. PR allowed small parties like the NSDAP in the 1920s, to thrive.
William Howard Taft was nominated by the support of Republicans and the conservative wing. Since Theodore Roosevelt failed to receive the Republican nomination, TR and his supporters formed the Progressive Party, (nicknamed the "Bull Moose Party") so he was chosen as its candidate for President. Eugene V. Debs, knows as a American Union leader and founding member of the International Labor Union and the Industrial Workers of the World, was a nominee of the Socialist Party. The fourth runner in this election was Woodrow Wilson, supporter of the Democratic Party. He was nominated on the ballot thanks to the support of William Jennings Bryan, a three-time Democratic presidential candidate.
Congress played a major role in the Civil War as the Republicans were in control of both chambers.After Election of 1866, the Radicals came into power and impeached president Johnson and controlled the Reconstruction policy. Then in the Election of 1874, Democrats regained control of the House and has continued to dominate the House. As Burns recaptures the long history, I came to learn new information regarding President Nixon’s political career, which was greatly damaged by the Watergate Scandal causing him to resign in 1974. The Watergate reshaped the relations between Congress and other branches and led to increased congressional oversight of federal intelligence agencies. The documentary ends with President Clinton in office for 1992, which caused the shift of balance of power in favor of the Democrats.
Through the Lens of Perfection President Obama’s speech entitled “A More Perfect Union” was in part a historical overview depicting inequality amongst our past as a nation. From the get go there is a reference to the Constitution being a document that promoted inequality. I say this because the Constitution was in fact not a racially equal document. There is a “Compromise” in this document that states about the time that the first states were forming and in need of government intervention a single slave was only worth 3/5 of a white person. This type of inequality catered to an audience that was not of the majority or the privileged.
The last state to vote was New Hampshire. However, the government would be weak, because New York and Virginia didn’t vote for it. The federalists got support from Virginia, who wanted the government to protect them from Indian raids. They ratified it June 25. Federalists spread rumors in New York, saying that if the convention rejected the constitution, federalist New York City would secede, leaving the rest of Northern New York alone and unconnected to prosperous New York City.
Democratic Republicans all in all wanted things to remain the same in the U.S government because they felt that giving more power to the national government by way of national bank or tax would slowly get rid of the people’s voice in politics creating a rerun of the previous outcome with Great Britain. Both party’s with opposite beliefs going back and forth has followed the U.S since this time in history it is safe to say that the First Party System left behind a legacy of feuding in government politics. When it comes to decision