“He that is not a Democrat is an aristocrat or a monocrat,” one Jeffersonian declared.When Jefferson was elected President, in 1800, the Federalists, those rank monocrats, lost control of the government.
The debate about whether Jackson was a hero or the villain of his own story arises when we look at the contradiction in what he believed and what he did.
Coming from an unfortunate background himself, Jackson took it upon himself to create a system which would benefit the poor and the weak instead of just the privileged.
While a Bible’s worth is hard to measure, the Scout guide, at fifty cents, was an awfully good bargain, and was, in any case, the book you’d most like to have if you were shipwrecked somewhere, not least because it included the chapter “How to Make Fire Without Matches.” But “The Rise of American Democracy” promised, invaluably, “to make clear how Americans have come to live and to believe as they do.” It was also a quick read. Casner, a Connecticut schoolteacher, and Ralph Henry Gabriel, a Yale professor, set out to make history matter.
In a foreword written in the dark days of 1937, when Fascism, not democracy, was on the rise, they offered a sober historian’s creed: “We live today in perilous times; so did many of our forefathers.
All of which is taken up, and much of it disputed, in Sean Wilentz’s new book, also called “The Rise of American Democracy” (Norton), just over a thousand pages, and, while no steal, reasonably priced at thirty-five dollars. This sweeping extension of suffrage did not come all at once, with American independence or the ratification of the Constitution.
It happened over decades, as new states entering the union adopted new and more democratic constitutions and old states revised theirs to eliminate property requirements for voting and to call for more direct and frequent elections.They sometimes made mistakes; let us strive to learn not to repeat these errors.The generations which lived before us left us a heritage of noble ideals; let us hold fast to these.” Above all, they wanted American schoolchildren to understand the of democracy.But Scene 3, in which Columbia takes her awestruck European student of democracy to “the Western plains in the 1840’s” to witness a shambles of bedraggled pioneers scuffling across the stage, is undoubtedly the play’s climax, since it combines singing, cowboy costumes, and parts not only for every student but for pets, too, as per the sociable stage direction “.” While the pioneers hum the tune to “Oh!Susanna,” the boy, puzzled, turns to Columbia: “I understand that they are settling your great continent, but I do not understand what they have to do with democracy.” To which Columbia replies, “Look at these men and women. Yet they are braving the dangers of the wilderness. Men do not have to have possessions to do great things.” No matter if the scenery toppled, if the pioneers tripped in their boots, if the dogs barked and bayed; the audience had been treated to a concise restatement of what was then a dominant interpretation of the rise of American democracy—that it was fuelled by the settling of the frontier and that it chiefly involved the hardscrabble striving of poor white men. But a Democracy Theme does run through the whole text. Within the lifetime of, say, Noah Webster, an American born in 1758 and dead by 1843, the proportion of white men who were eligible to vote grew from less than half to nearly all.However, his concern for delivering the people their rights was not seen when he signed treaties that resulted in the displacement of hundreds of Native Americans from their homelands.Also, there was no action taken against the practice of slavery during his time, nor were the blacks and the women given more rights.His aggressiveness did not go unnoticed by his enemies as he is the first US president who became the target of an assassination attempt. He was just a man who made a few big mistakes but was also admired by many.1938, if you had a dollar and seventy-two cents, you could buy a copy of “The Rise of American Democracy,” a seven-hundred-page hardcover about the size of a biggish Bible or a Boy Scout handbook. Sentences are short.” Better yet: “A Democracy Theme runs through the whole text.”The book’s authors, Mabel B.“Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people,” he wrote.In the seventeen-nineties, Jefferson’s followers, fiercely fighting Federalist rule, redefined democracy as the Revolution’s legacy, a logic that made Federalism appear inconsistent with the spirit of the Revolution.