Andrew Jackson -Significant changes in USIn your opinion, what were some of the most significant changes that occurred in the US as a result of the actions of Andrew Jackson's actions? 

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It seems as though the viewpoint of the nation changed after Jackson, in that there were less distinct classes between those who would seek elected office and those who were ordinary citizens.  No longer was there the mystique of the Founding Fathers or the leftovers of citizen reverence for the educated and privileged elite.  Perhaps one could even say the birth of the American Dream started with Jackson.

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It is also important to note that the conflict between Jackson and Adams in both 1824 & 1828 led to two new political parties, the Whigs and the Democrats. The modern Democratic party traces its roots back to Jackson's time.

In addition these two new parties initiated the practices of caucuses and nominating conventions which are so prominent in modern elections. By putting "the common man" in office the practices associated with elections were also put more into the hands on the American people.

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One substantial factor in the democratization of America came not while Jackson was President, but while he was running for President in the 1828 campaign. He believed, with some reason, that the 1824 election had been stolen from him in the "corrupt bargain." His campaign was the first truly modern campaign comprised of speeches, fireworks, etc. and the appeal to the common person.

As far as major changes, one cannot overlook his efforts to preserve the Union at a time when the Tariff issue was about to split the country. When South Carolina threatened to secede, he issued his famous Nullification Proclamation. Although very much a man of the people, Jackson was determined to save the Union at any cost. He probably postponed the outbreak of the Civil War by thirty years.

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Universal white male suffrage means that all white men could vote, not just land owners.  In the beginning, many felt that only landowners wold be educated enough to vote and that having uneducated people vote was counterproductive.  It was only much later that non-white men, and women, were given the right to vote.

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One of the things that might seem less significant is his role in the trail of tears and basically the destruction of some of the remaining Eastern Indian Tribes.  In many ways the Iroquois Nation was far more advanced in terms of governance and a number of other ways than most other contemporary societies and Jackson helped to fuel the desire for and the mechanism for their destruction and the removal of the remnants of their nation to the western U.S.  It is obviously difficult to know what might have been different had they not been removed, but there is certainly the chance that they would have added a great deal to the process as a new nation continued to find its way.

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This is a tough question because it's hard to distinguish between things that were actually caused by Jackson's actions and things that were caused by larger political and social trends.  However, I think that we can say that Jackson's actions led to the democratization of America.

It is a little iffy to say this because much of the move towards unviersal white male suffrage had been done before Jackson was elected.  Howeer, Jackson's time as president, and his populist actions such as the Bank War seem to have really implanted the idea that the common people had a place in American politics.  Jackson led the common people into being more involvedin politics, getting them to be part of the Democratic Party.  After Jackson, elections become more of a popular thing, with mass participation in electoral campaigns and such.  I would argue that this came about largely because of Jackson's actions.

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One of the things that might seem less significant is his role in the trail of tears and basically the destruction of some of the remaining Eastern Indian Tribes.  In many ways the Iroquois Nation was far more advanced in terms of governance and a number of other ways than most other contemporary societies and Jackson helped to fuel the desire for and the mechanism for their destruction and the removal of the remnants of their nation to the western U.S.  It is obviously difficult to know what might have been different had they not been removed, but there is certainly the chance that they would have added a great deal to the process as a new nation continued to find its way.

Would there be any references available that give specifics about the ways "the Iroquois Nantion was more advanced in terms of governance and a number of other ways than most other contemporary societies?" I have searched and have not found any specifics examples I could give in my argument.  I like this idea. 



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This is a tough question because it's hard to distinguish between things that were actually caused by Jackson's actions and things that were caused by larger political and social trends.  However, I think that we can say that Jackson's actions led to the democratization of America.

It is a little iffy to say this because much of the move towards unviersal white male suffrage had been done before Jackson was elected.  Howeer, Jackson's time as president, and his populist actions such as the Bank War seem to have really implanted the idea that the common people had a place in American politics.  Jackson led the common people into being more involvedin politics, getting them to be part of the Democratic Party.  After Jackson, elections become more of a popular thing, with mass participation in electoral campaigns and such.  I would argue that this came about largely because of Jackson's actions.

could you explain what exactly the universal white male sufferage was?  I have read this in some of the writing about Andrew Jackson, but am unsure of what it really was. 

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