An analysis of the democratization of American politics under the presidency of Andrew Jackson.
“The rise of Andrew Jackson is commonly associated with the rise of democracy in the United States. Before Jackson’s first presidential campaign in the momentous year of 1824, democracy as is commonly known in contemporary society did not exist. President James Monroe epitomized the American ruling class before the age of Jackson. A wealthy planter from Virginia, Monroe wore a powdered wig, knee-length pantaloons, and white-topped boots. Such style of dress clearly delineated the social `betters` and reflected the contemporary belief that politics was an activity which was to be conducted by the `better sort` for the rest of society. The Founding Fathers eschewed democracy as `rule by the rabble` and preferred a Republic that isolated the government from the masses, but was still accountable to some of the people. Jacksonian Democracy was a genuine phenomenon. Jacksonian democracy involved a democratization of American politics. However, democracy was not completely developed under Jackson.”