The Social Structure Of The United States Essay

1207 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The tensions across the nation were on the rise as each geographic section specialized and the fight for states’ rights flourished. The foundations of each section were built upon different ideologies ingrained in the culture and social structure of the region. Problems arose as shifts in politics, culture, and social structure developed during Jackson’s Presidency, and the treatment of the changes led to sectionalism, succession, and eventually civil war with self-interest as the fire starter.
Leading up to the Election of 1828, America faced a turning point politically, as priorities shifted from virtue to self-interest, and national unity to state’s rights. It was a time of distinct political parties as they battled out issues of protective tariffs, decisions on the national bank, and internal improvements. Supporters of Henry Clay valued federally funded infrastructures, supporting the national economy for the common good. Supporters of Andrew Jackson wanted to avoid elitists views and fought for the rights of the “common man.” Jackson’s fears are described when AUTHOR says, “Growing wealth and power of business would erode the equality and independence of ordinary citizens. (pg 2) ” He did not want Democracy to suffer at the hand of development. Conflicting political ideologies spilt the nation into parties.
A great divide was made when discussing the political platform of protective tariffs. The North was in favor of protective tariffs, whereas the South opposed.…

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