Essay on The Social Structure Of The United States

1321 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Tensions across the nation rose as each geographic section specialized and the fight for states’ rights flourished. The foundation of each section was built on differing ideologies, ingrained in the culture and social structure of the region. Problems surfaced 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 catalyst.
Leading up to the Election of 1828, America faced a turning point politically, as priorities shifted from virtue to self-interest, then national unity to state’s rights. It was a time of distinct political parties as issues of protective tariffs, decisions on the national bank, and internal improvements surfaced. Supporters of Henry Clay valued federally funded infrastructures, supporting the national economy for the common good, and were known as the Whig Party. Supporters of Andrew Jackson, Democrats, wanted to avoid elitist views and fought for the rights of the “common man.” According to Watson, Jackson believed, “Growing wealth and power of business would erode the equality and independence of ordinary citizens” (Watson, pg. 2). He did not want democracy to suffer at the hand of expansion. Conflicting political ideologies spilt the nation by parties.
A great divide formed over the political platform of protective tariffs. The North was in favor, while the South was opposed. Establishing tariffs…

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