Jacksonian Democrats Essay

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DBQ From the 1820’s to the 1830’s the Jacksonian democrats saw themselves as defenders of the constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of the economy; however, one can claim that they did not meet all this criteria. In determining whether this political party did exceed all points stated, one must assess the extent to which society benefitted from Jackson’s regime. Politically, they used class differences to their advantage and emotionalized speeches, lacking real intellectual merit, to stir support. Socially, blacks, women, and Native Americans continued to languish in a society that ignored their rights in a time period that is said to have true liberty and equality. Economically, he dominated the economic structure for his beliefs in the Bank of America being run by the wealthy. The Jacksonian Democrats were, to some extent, champions of the Constitution, democracy, liberty, and equality; in other ways, Jackson and his followers clearly failed to live up to their ideals. Certainly, many common working people were satisfied with Jackson's attempts to protect their equality of economic opportunity from the rich during the age of the market revolution. They believed that Jackson was a true success for the common man as is evident in 'The Working Men's Declaration of Independence" of 1829 (Doc. A). In a document modeled on the Declaration of Independence, the author claims that one class of society reigns over all politically and it’s their duty to reform the abuses of such government. Their stand to provide new guards for their future security became known as the spoil system. All common men were issued the right to run for office and vote and provide new guards for their future security. All common men were now created equal politically, however, this action can be argued that the Jacksonian democrats were seeking more followers to the
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