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