Dbq Andrew Jackson

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The Age of Jackson, from the 1820's to the 1830's, was a period of American history full of contradictions, especially in regard to democracy. The period saw an increase in voter participation, nominating committees replaced caucuses, and electors began to be popularly elected. Yet, all of these voting changes affected only a minority of the American people; White, Anglo-Saxon males. So, though one can easily tell that these males were gaining true liberty and equality, the millions of women, blacks, Native Americans, immigrants, and other minorities in America continued to languish in a society that limited their rights. During the Age of Jackson, a southern plantation owner himself, enslavement of Blacks was at a new high in America. At the same time, enormous disparities of wealth existed between rich merchants, industrialists and planters, and their lowly workers, immigrants, blacks, and women. While these contradictions typified America, Jacksonian democrats viewed themselves as guardians of the Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of opportunity. While the Jacksonian Democrats were guardians of the Constitution, political democracy, individual liberty, and equality of economic opportunity for the important majority of eligible white voters, they went overwhelmingly against these very ideals they claimed to stand for because of the treatment of minorities like Native Americans, blacks, and women. It can be argued the common working people were satisfied with Jackson's attempts to protect their equality of economic opportunity from the rich with his extremely public battle with the National Bank. They believed that Jackson was a true champion of the common man which is seen in the document 'The Working Men's Declaration of Independence" of 1829 (Doc. A). In a document the author states, "prudence, as well as the claims of self defiance, dictates the necessity of the organization of a party of the Democrat, who by their...
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