Democracy in the 19th Century Essay

1360 Words Nov 15th, 2008 6 Pages
Democracy in the United States became prominent in the early to mid 19th century. Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, was inaugurated in 1829 and was best known as the person who mainstreamed democracy in America. Because he came from a humble background, he was the “genuine common man.” (Foner, pg. 303) He claimed he recognized the needs of the people and spoke on behalf of the majority [farmers, laborers]. However, critics of Jackson and democracy called him “King Andrew I” because of his apparent abuse of presidential power [vetoing]. These critics believed he favored the majority so much that it violated the U.S. constitution, and they stated he was straying too far away from the plan originally set for the …show more content…
Claiming that the new national government would be a “perfect balance between liberty and power,” it would avoid the disruption that liberty [civil unrest] and power [king’s abuse of power in England] caused. The “lackluster leadership” of the critics of the new constitution claimed that a large land area such as America could not work for such a diverse nation. One claim they offered was one in which the government would favor the higher classes [merchants, etc] instead of the majority of the people [farmers]. However, to be set apart from a colony under tyrannical rule to a whole new nation in America with the fruits of liberty, a government must be needed regardless to uphold the individual rights that were achieved after the American Revolution. The new system would, and did under ratification, set forth a bright future for the newly created United States of America. George Washington, the first president under the newly created United States, promoted the general welfare of the people to create a society based on individual freedom. Being a nationalist, he was in pursuit of individual freedoms more so than the critics of the new government gave credit for. He candidly made visits to each of the states under the government. This simple act “maintained political harmony.” (Foner, pg. 242) The leading of troops to stop the Whiskey Rebellion in

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