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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Rise of Democracy (1820-1840)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Describe the new democratic system of politics and give the reasons for its emergence in the 1820s, distinguishing between the policies and supporters of the Democrats and Whigs.

Explain the relationship between equality and opportunity, and the importance of these values in the new democratic political system.

Explain the status of Indians and blacks in the Jacksonian period, and the relationship of racism to democratic politics.

Explain the nullification crisis and the development of the nationalist and state sovereignty interpretations of the Constitution.

Explain the significance of the banking issue and its impact on the development of the Jacksonian party system.