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The Jacksonian era in American history dating back to the 1820s and 30s was a time of radical change and reform with revolutionary liberating effects Jacksons philosophy that public officials served all men not a particular group caught wildfire throughout the nation Mens total suffrage came of age in Jacksons term and also sentiments of womens suffrage were enlivened not to mention the emergence of the common man in political society These changes and ideals brought freedom and equality unknown to any other nation throughout history Jacksons presentation of political reform became obvious in his decision to reduce the restrictions for voting and for the changes in requirements for running for political office In Jacksons annual message he stated no one man has any more intrinsic right to official station than another Doc A This new idea of equality that empowered the common man gave the presidential elections a huge boost in voter participation In the 1824 election a mere 356000 men voted but in a few short years after Jacksons political philosophy and actions were settled over 1200000 men voted in the election Doc B Suddenly as we say now voting became the cool thing to do and in the 1840 election approximately 80 percent of the eligible voters participated in the election Doc D This emergence of popularity at the voting box was due to two main reasons One reason had to do with the states catching on to Jacksons philosophy quickly and conforming their own constitutions to fit it For example the Ohio constitution stated that all white males above 21 years of age having lived in state for over a year and having paid taxes were eligible to vote Doc G In the past voting requirements included restrictions such as ones literacy ones membership in the church and the mandatory ownership of property Another astounding affect created the emergence of the pride and credibility of the common man Equality was
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