The Jacksonian Era Of American Politics And Society: An Analysis

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By the 1830s, the American people started to focus on innovations in some areas of transportation and politics. The Erie Canal’s creation allowed for items and viewpoints to be reached quicker to more places and people. New political parties allowed for new ideas and improvements to the American government system in hopes to include more people. All these innovations seemed as though they had the best intentions for all citizens, but that was not the case. Workers were cast off and not given their fair right to rise in ranks and receive proper credit in society. Citizens were made to believe that there would be equality and everyone would have a voice in government, but this was just false hope. The Jacksonian era of American politics and society …show more content…
Things such as rightful compensation and property become hugely debatable as more people voice the outrage of the treatment. “A Union of Trade Associations” reveals how there is “an unequal and very excessive accumulation of wealth and power into the hands of a few”, leaving out hard-working citizens who don’t get many opportunities. Many of these workers devote their lives to working, only to not be compensated justly by society. It is also the right of these men who are supposed to be free in America, to be able to speak out from these injustices and be able, “to reap the fruits of their own industry”. The wealthy have dictated the movement of both money and success in America at this time, leaving many unable to fully succeed. Property is an important component of the divide between the rich and the lower class. “The Unequal Distribution of Property” by Thomas Skidmore explains how workers have an unequal opportunity to obtain a right to property, a part of the definition of being a citizen. They are in their own form of “slavery”, in the sense that without working, they have nothing and are unable to achieve in life. Skidmore further reveals that “labor is the sole resource the poor have by which to maintain their existence”. The wealthy only are concerned about them making money and keeping power in government and other forms of high ranks. …show more content…
It allowed them to create something that wasn’t there before, that would change how people travel during the 1800s. The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862 by Carol Sheriff explains that the building of the canal exposed underlining class tensions between the workers and the wealthy. The laborers of this project endured incredible hardships while building the canal, including sickness, being killed by falling rocks or falling to death. It was common for the rich and powerful to boast of these workers as “republican free men”, only really focusing on “American-born engineers” and the American pride. This would become a selective term and leave out many workers, who actually slaved over this project, due to the fact that they did not fit under the definition of republicanism. To be this definition would mean that they need to be white citizens, have land, and be somewhat able to rise in class in society. This left out workers who did not fit this mold and thus was made to believe they could not move up in life. This division between the wealthy and workers were seen by the 1830s as even more evident and ultimately

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