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p. 323. The age of democracy, 1816–44locked

p. 323. The age of democracy, 1816–44locked

  • Donald T. Critchlow


From 1816 to 1844, the United States underwent an economic, political, and social transformation resulting in a nation of twenty-four states and three territories with a population of nearly 13 million people, triple the number in 1790. This market revolution occurred as a result of better transportation and communication systems. ‘The age of democracy, 1816–44’ outlines how this facilitated rapid political changes, including the expansion of the electorate, the rise of political parties and creation of a rudimentary two-party system (Democrats and Whigs), and pronounced egalitarianism in campaign rhetoric. The presidential elections of James Monroe (1816, 1820), John Quincy Adams (1824), Andrew Jackson (1828, 1832), Martin Van Buren (1836), and William Henry Harrison (1840) are described.

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