One electoral development that occurred during the Age of Jackson was the
A) birth of the modern party system
B) birth of the electoral college
C) electoral votes given to Washington DC
D)beginning of complete universal suffrage
E) election of third-party candidates
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Of these answers, I believe that the best choice is A -- the beginning of the modern party system. I think that the person who wrote the question is trying to trick you into saying D, but that is not the right answer.
The Jacksonian Era was the time during which there came to be universal white male suffrage. This was a huge move, but it was not completely universal suffrage.
On the other hand, the Jacksonian Era did see the rise of the Whig Party. This was, to my mind, the beginning of the modern two-party system since the Whigs (with some exceptions) turned into the Republicans.
During the 1820's most of the states in the Union had dropped the property right qualifications with regard to voting. By the individual states confirming that, the United States was clearly on the road to the rise of 'mass' politics. In addition, for the first time in 1832 candidates were decided upon by a national nominating convention instead of the candidates being selected by the power of political party leaders. As a result, American politics became more assessable to a greater number of Americans, thus making it more democratic and aspiring to the first three words of the U.S. Constitution...We The People...
Choice 'A' best reflects my answer.
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