A Clip - Davy Crockett advice to Andrew Jackson Interpret a reflection of the new democratic reforms of the 1820's that impacted could vote.

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In the United States presidential election of 1824, Andrew Jackson was elected as the President. In this election, no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. So according to the the Twelfth Amendment, the election was decided by the House of Representatives as a contest between the three candidates with the highest number of electoral votes. "In this election, Andrew Jackson received 99 electoral votes, John Quincy Adams received 84, William H. Crawford received 41, and Henry Clay received 37" [1], however Crawford died creating unforeseen complication. The possibility of having a contest between the two remaining candidates was ruled out and finally Crawford was replaced by the candidate with the next highest number of electoral votes. The contingent election delivered a victory to Andrew Jackson, who won thirteen states. Thus on March 4th, 1825, Andrew Jackson became the sixth President of the United States.

"Extending voting rights was one of Jackson’s most significant contributions to democracy.  During his presidency all of the states eliminated the property requirement and religious qualifications for voting" [2]. Jackson also limited presidency to one six-year term and eliminated the electoral college.

"Before the 1820s, most states had imposed property restrictions on voting - only those with property could vote. This changed rapidly in the 1820s, and by 1830, all white male adult citizens could vote" [3]. American historians have sometimes praised Jackson as the hero of the common man, someone who has broadened the "umbrella of democracy". However, the free blacks saw their voting rights somewhat curtailed in the northern states. "The "Jacksonian era" emphasized the common white man, but it also saw the rise of elaborate notions of women's fragility, irrationality, and domestic nature" [3].