Why was Jackson's election of 1828 termed as a "Revolution?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Jackson's election can be seen as a revolution because it defied the mold of previous inhabitants of the White House.  The office of the Presidency had been seen in a highly refined and elitist light before Jackson.  With Jackson's ascension, a new type of leader emerged.  Jackson embodied the idea that the President reflect the people.  Jackson helped to create the reality that now governs the office in that the American voting body expects their President to be the sometimes contradictory individual who is of the people, but can also rise above them to lead in specific instances.  Jackson's election was Revolutionary because the people who elected him were not the inside elitist forces of power.  Rather, they were common individuals and of modest means.  This could be seen in Jackson's inauguration, where this modesty and almost poverty overwhelmed the proceedings and led to a fairly destructive inaugural party in the White House.  Jackson's champion of the disenfranchised was new, something that the young nation had not seen in its previous presidents.  In this, Jackson was radical in his election.

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