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Andrew Jackson is the most significant political figure in American history for under Jackson modern American government took shape In the Jacksonian era the white middle class took power and has never relinquished it Because of this the Jacksonian era has been described as the Age of the Common Man According to this view a democratic egalitarian culture emerged This cultural emergence had a dramatic and wide ranging impact on American life The previously disenfranchised middle class voted for people more like themselves -- for those who would uphold their interests This resulted in a group of leaders very different from the upper- class founding fathers -- a group of men who would do anything to avoid being thought aristocratic or elitist or even non-middle class These changes promoted social mobility and a more democratic system with Andrew Jackson as leader and James K Polk as a fitting example In the eyes of many Americans Andrew Jackson truly represented the common man hence the era in which he presided over was known as the Age of the Common Man Not only had Jackson fought in the American Revolution like so many other American men he was the first president to be of humble beginnings Andrew Jackson had been born in a log cabin on the Appalachian frontier while many other presidents were refined seaboard gentry Also known as the Champion of the People President Jackson stressed the importance of the peoples virtue intelligence and capacity for self-government Martin 235This political ideology was known as democratic republicanism Jackson also expressed a deep dislike for the better classes who claimed to be more enlightened than the common men and women His dislike for the better class led to reforms that encouraged a democracy and social mobility for the common man According to Jackson the inequalities of wealth and power were due to limited opportunity and special privilege Martin 235 These inequalities limited the ability of the common
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