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Jacksonian Democracy CER

During the time of Jacksons popularity, some states changed their qualifications for
voters. The outcome of the election for the president of 1828 was greatly persuaded by this
democracy. The people respected Andrew Jackson more than John Quincy Adams because
he was a self-made man. He was not born into a wealthy family. The Jacksonian
Democracy was a period of expanding democracy. This democracy broadened suffrage to
all white men. According to the article The Expansion of the Vote: A White Mans
Democracy, more than ninety percent of adult white men had the right to vote. The
Jacksonian Democracy that took place during the 1820s through the 1830s did not benefit
many people.
Also in the article The Expansion of the Vote: A White Mans Democracy, it stated
that the right to vote was only allowed to white males. Although suffrage was expanded from
only white wealthy males, women, Native Americans, and African Americans still were
excluded from voting rights. This movement was disappointing to those who did not gain the
right to vote. Some women and free African Americans did have the right to vote in certain
states, but then it was taken away because of the Jacksonian Democracy.
This article also stated that voters could now also voice their opinion for more offices.
Not only are women and African Americans robbed from suffrage, they are also robbed from
voicing their opinions. Suffrage also intensified discrimination by race and gender. The idea
of a total democracy remained too radical for full implementation. (The Expansion of the
Vote: A White Mans Democracy paragraph 7). Women, Native Americans, and African
Americans were excluded from expressing their ideas towards politics.
In the article The Trail of Tears- The Indian Removals, it explains how Jackson
forced the removal of Native Americans from their ancient lands. The Trail of Tears was the
Cherokee Tribes 800-mile walk to new lands east of the Mississippi River. About 20,000

Cherokees were marched westward at gunpoint (The Trail of Tears- The Indian Removals
paragraph 4) These Native tribes ancestors have lived in these lands for generations.
Jackson removed these people so farmers would have a larger amounts of land to grow
crops and make large profits. Andrew Jackson the Trail of Tears is known to be the most
sorrowful event of the Jacksonian Era.
Although the Jacksonian Democracy did grant suffrage to more people than
before, it still did not include a wide variety of people. This democracy singled out one group
and allowed them to vote, while others could not. Some women and free blacks did have
the right to vote in some states, but then it was taken away. The Jacksonian Democracy
would have been more civil if it allowed women, Native Americans, and African Americans
to vote.
In conclusion, the Jacksonian Democracy had more cons than pros. Native
Americans lost their ancient lands that have lived there for years, women still did not gain
suffrage, and white men gained more rights.