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Andrew Jackson
"The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States,they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws."(Andrew Jackson)

In 1828 Andrew Jackson was victorious in his campaign for presidency. He, and what would be known as the "Jacksonian Democracy", would attempt to equalize the rights of all men by way of the vote - all white men, that is.
Unlike those who came before him, Jackson was not a wealthy man; he was regarded as a man of the people. He had grown up with little means and knew what it was to come from a working family. His election campaign centered on 2 points:
1.Putting an end to the "monopoly" of government by the rich, and 2. Protecting the interests of the common man.

Jackson's intentional campaigning to the common man had brought out many more men to the voting polls than had ever been seen before. He brought with him the idea that any white man, regardless of education or socio-economic position, who was determined to make a difference, could do so. The ever-growing numbers of working men responded to Jackson's philosophy by electing him president. Americans regarded Andrew Jackson as the "Great Commoner", a man who brought hope to the people. During Jackson's presidency, the American people saw America as a land filled with unbridled pride and a confident optimism that the future would be better than the present.

It would be grossly simplified to imply that it was Jackson's leadership that sparked a social revolution during the 1830s. Yet, it is undeniable that his election campaign, with its emphasis on empowering the common man, and his years as President of the United States, did coincide with significant social and cultural shifts with respect to a growing desire for equality, including access to information and knowledge for all. It was during his presidency that the penny papers, operating independently of party politics, came to exist, and ultimately dominate as the medium of choice for news and information (Schudson: 21).

To view a video on his influence in the 19th Century you can visit the site Andrew Jackson and the era of the common man.



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