Essay on Jacksonian Dbq

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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 White, Anglo-Saxon 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 ignored their rights. during the Age of Jackson, enslavement of Blacks, the ultimate form of inequality, was at a new high in …show more content…
. In the landmark case of Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge of 1837 (Doc. H), equality of economic opportunity was adamantly defended. The case involving a supposed monopoly on Charles River crossings was resolved by a ruling that new enterprises could not be restrained by implied privileges under old charters. Taney wrote, "While the rights of private property are sacredly guarded, we must not forget, that the community also have rights, and that the happiness and well-being of every citizen depends on their faithful preservation." Thus, the community was put above the individual corporation and equality of opportunity prevailed. Also in 1837, after a visit to America in 1834, Harriet Martineau, a British author, published a report on her observations of American democracy. She wrote, 'The striking effect upon a stranger of witnessing, for the first time, the absence of poverty, of gross ignorance, of all servility, of all insolence of manner cannot be exaggerated." seriously. Nonetheless, being a European, her view of democracy may be different from Americans'. Either way, though, Martineau believed that America under Jackson was a land of radical equality and liberty. her account is clear evidence that Jackson was successful in carrying out his ideals. It seems that she was especially awed by the equality of education. Of course, most credit for this should be given not to Jackson but to the education reform movement under leaders like Horace Mann which was

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