What do the 1824 and 1828 Presidential Elections reveal about Politics in the United States and about the Rise of Jacksonian Democracy?

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What do the Presidential Elections of 1824 and 1828 reveal about American Politics and about the Rise of Jacksonian Democracy?

Before beginning to answer the question, I see it fit to try to define the term ‘Jacksonian Democracy’. Jacksonian Democracy, I believe, was the political movement, taken up by Jackson, towards greater democracy for the common man, of which ‘Old Hickory’ certainly presented himself to be a member of. The Presidential Elections of 1824 and 1828, when compared not only with what came before them but also themselves, reveal a great deal about American Politics and the Rise of Jacksonian Democracy.

Let us start by addressing the half of the question that deals with ‘the Rise of Jacksonian Democracy’. Two factors immediately stick out in mind here when investigating Jacksonian Democracy’s rise from 1824 to 1828. First, the fact that voting participation in 1828 being quadruple the size of that in 1824 shows an increasing democratisation and greater political influence being exerted by the common man, a key principle of Jacksonian Democracy. Secondly, and perhaps more obviously, the rise of Jacksonian Democracy is demonstrated in no better way than with the example of Jackson himself – in 1824 he was snubbed for the presidency and described by the late Jefferson as ‘one of the most unfit men I know for such a place’, but by 1828 he had won an electoral majority and was President of the United States. This stark contrast with 1824 shows the popularity and the rate of increase of support for Jacksonian Democracy.
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Perhaps this sudden change can be explained by examining the changing face of American Politics during this period. During the four years between the 1824 and the 1828 elections, the population of America had become increasingly politically aware, a process spurred on by the communications revolution and the creation of partisan newspapers, each with their own political affiliations, which would spread political ideas and ideologies, whilst also providing opportunities to attack political rivals, a tool that was exploited by both Jackson and current President John Quincy Adams in the run-up to the 1828 elections, with Adam’s claiming Jackson’s ...

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