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The Emergence of a more Democratic Republic We should recall that democracy as we understand it at the end of the Twentieth Century did not exist in the ages of Jefferson and Jackson Today we accept the notion that democracy means that every citizen has a vote with certain reasonable restrictions such as age registration requirements and so on In the early 1800s it was generally accepted that in order to vote a person needed to have a legal stake in the system which could mean property ownership or some economic equivalent In many states the people did not vote for presidential electors and U S senators were elected by the state legislatures Even eligibility to vote for members of the House of Representatives was left to the individual states Women Indians and Blacks whether slave or free were restricted from voting almost everywhere When Sam Houston was elected governor of Tennessee in 1828 his friends had to make him a gift of 500 acres of land which was a requirement for holding that office In the decades surrounding the presidency of Andrew Jackson democracy began to expand States rewrote constitutions and extended the franchise to all free white males European visitors such as Alexis de Tocqueville noticed the spirit of equality that pervaded the United States unlike anything known in the Old World Not all Europeans nor Americans for that matter were sure that was a good idea--terms like mobocracy and anarchy were thrown around from time to time By the late 1830s the United States had become a full democracy for adult white males but inequalities still existed poor people were still poor and while wealth may not have bought votes directly it certainly was a prerequisite for any kind of real power What was different about America was not that the gap between rich and poor had narrowed--indeed the opposite was probably true--but that there were few systemic barriers except for slavery
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