The presidential election of brought a great victory for Andrew Jackson. Not only did he get almost 70 percent of the votes cast in the electoral college, popular participation in the election soared to an unheard of 60 percent. This more than doubled the turnout in ; Jackson clearly headed a sweeping political movement. His central message remained largely the same from the previous election, but had grown in intensity.
For the first time in the United States history a man born in humble circumstances was now President. Politicians in the previous generations gained precedence due to their family background, wealth, prestige, and education. Families such the Adams, and the Jeffersons constituted the guidelines for political appointees.
Jackson became the defining figure of his age due to his ability to overcome early life struggles, his military record, and his successes as an adult. Despite all his accomplishments, Jackson downplayed his past successes to suit the public's belief that Jackson was one of them.
In reality Jackson was anything but common. This period constituted great change and issues warranting debate, such as slavery, Indians, westward mobility, and balance of power between the executive and the legislative branches of government.
The United States had no strict class system. Most Americans identified themselves into the middle class.
The s, a time of transition and transformation called for a man who could guide the people through the changeful age. The election of signaled a unique change; never before had a man who made his name and fortune outside the thirteen colonies been elected to the office of president.
Political Cartoon Jackson's Rise to Power Born in South Carolina to impoverished parents on March 15,Jackson began life quite differently compared to the previous six presidents. Jackson was also the last president to have served during the Revolutionary War.
Losing his father before his birth, the war then obliterated Jackson's family. Losing his two brothers and mother during the war fostered an intense hatred for the British that Jackson maintained his whole life. Jackson initially had a sporadic education. After the war, Jackson taught himself to read and read law books so that he could find work as a lawyer in Tennessee in The wild frontier life suited Jackson and succeeded based upon his own hard work and merit.
He became one of the first congressmen representing Tennessee, later a Tennessee senator inand appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in This victory forever made Jackson a national hero and gave him a place in the hearts of all American citizens.
The Rise of the Common Man coincided with Jackson's election because Jackson served as the ideal common man. Common origins no longer detracted from a candidate. Nor did a candidate have to attend Harvard or William and Mary. Jackson became the living embodiment of the changes and improvements going on throughout the United States.
As well as the symbol of aspirations and expectations that Americans had of themselves. The Jacksonian Era influenced the notion of the equality of opportunities for all white men.
Thousands of people came to Washington D. A crowd this size was an unprecedented event. Jackson as the leader of the Democratic- Republican Party represented the people and the epitome as a common man.Nov 18, · The Jacksonian period was the ultimate era of the common man because of the economic development that centered around the poor back farmers of the West and South and the political development that brought poor common folk into the White House.
The Jacksonian Era The Jacksonian Era () has been known as the era of the “common man” primarily because of the acquaintance of democratic government in America with . Politics of the Jacksonian Era The years from about to have been called the “Age of Jacksonian Democracy” and the “Era of the Common Man.” By modern standards, however, the United States was far from democratic.
The Jacksonian period had long been touted as the “Era of the Common Man” due to the economic and political changes that occurred during . Sep 07, · Jacksonian democrats boundless. Jackson was the first president from area west of jacksonian democracy is an era that began with .
Democracy and the “Common Man” Although not nearly on the national scale of later elections, this was the premier era of baby-kissing and hand-shaking as a means to election.
In an effort to be more organized, nominating conventions were held to select candidates, and the caucus system was eliminated.