Political Changes From Jackson’s Presidency

Rebecca Graf
Aug 31, 2019 · 3 min read
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As Andrew Jackson entered the presidential political arena, American politics were slowly changing. Americans were reaching out for “genuine popular control of government.” The power was not to be with a select view which was one of the driving principles of the American Revolution.

Gradually, property requirements that were in place for voting were dropped by many states allowing more and more of free white men a voice. The playing field was changing. Politics would no longer be the way it had been in the first few elections of the new country.

The Need for a Different Approach

It did not help that Americans were also looking for a change in the government. They felt cheated and longed for a government that was more in tune to their needs and wants. This was just the beginning of the political climate change that was to occur when the 1828 election rolled around and Jackson was able to win the presidency.

Party Identification

The parties began to formalize their platforms as well as “fixed their approach to a broad range of issues.” Americans began to identify themselves with parties and wore the titles with price. This opened the door to more political involvement by the common man.

Personal for the People

It became evident that as politics became more personal it also drew more voters as the percentage of voters increased substantially from the 1824 election which only had approximately 25% turnout to close to 80% in 1840. More was at stake for each voter, and their vote had more power than ever before. The two-party system came into being as the political process also became more local. The entire system was tossed about opening the door for more candidates than ever before.

The Image of the Candidate

Biblopraphy

Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815–1846. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

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Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman. www.writerrebeccagraf.com

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Learn to expand your knowledge and your experience. Become a modern day Renaissance. We are dedicated to pushing ourselves and becoming well-rounded. Want to be a writer? Contact me at writingwithsuccess@gmail.com

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