The Age of Jackson
The Age of Jackson
Trends and Themes of the Era
  • Cracks based on regional differences began to appear in the Republican Party, resulting in a split into two parties: Democratic and Republican.
  • Coupled with lowered voting restrictions, the two-party system ushered in a newly democratic age, marked by greater choice in representation and increased voter turnout. Andrew Jackson, the first candidate from the West to win the presidency, appealed to the “common man.” Politics were increasingly swayed by the public, rather than by the elites.
  • The Nullification Crisis revealed deep regional differences in economic needs and attitudes about states’ rights versus federal power. The Nullification Crisis introduced the possibility of state secession from the Union.
  • Jackson turned the presidency into a vastly more powerful office, using the presidential veto to assert his political and legislative will and more deeply embedding the government in party politics.
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