Andrew Jackson's Presidency

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In what way did the American political system become more democratic during Jackson's administration?

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There were several ways that the American political system became more democratic while Andrew Jackson was president. One way was that the requirement to own property in order to vote was dropped in many places. In 1840, eighty percent of white males voted in the presidential election.

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There were several ways that the American political system became more democratic while Andrew Jackson was president. One way was that the requirement to own property in order to vote was dropped in many places. In 1840, eighty percent of white males voted in the presidential election.

Another change that occurred was that nominating conventions replaced caucuses. In a nominating convention, party members choose the candidates running for office. In a caucus, the party leaders choose the candidates running for office.

A few other changes occurred. People began to choose the electors to the Electoral College instead of the state legislature choosing them. Andrew Jackson developed the spoils system. This was a practice of giving government jobs to a person’s political supporters. Andrew Jackson gave government jobs to his supporters, which were often common people. This helped break the hold the upper class had on government jobs.

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