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Throughout the vast majority of American history, the Government has prided itself in being a government for the people and by the people. This notion entails mass participation in the governance of the country. This call for mass participation is at the heart of the democratic process and is facilitate through a systematic course of suffrage…

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It began with an extension of voting rights from white men of privilege to the "average" white male citizen. Suffrage was then extended to all men and subsequently to include all adults within the United States under the provision that these individuals are citizens of this country. At the heart of the quest for increased suffrage is the notion that the only way to establish a truly democratic nation is to ensure that all eligible citizens participate in the political process of selecting a representative. Many historians credit politics as practiced during the Jackson presidency with strengthening and advancing the democratic agenda by emphasizing suffrage.1 In order to fully examine this notion, it is prudent that some background information be given on President Jackson as well as his policies with regards to suffrage.
First and foremost, the Jackson Era, often delineated as between the years of 1828 and 1837, represents the period in the history of the United States when the governance of the nation rested in the strong personage of President Andrew Jackson. The majority of all historical accounts depict President Jackson as a strong and aggressive individual who frequently resorted to bullying as a means of championing the causes of the common man. He has been reputed to have bullied the Indians, the national bank and the states. ...
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