Edits due: Wednesday, January 9

Quiz: Friday, January 11

Often called the Age of the Common Man, or the Era of Jacksonian Democracy, the U.S. in the mid 19th century experienced much change and reform. It all began with Andrew Jackson, dubbed the "People's President." A war hero from the War of 1812, Jackson was incredibly popular with the people, because he stressed that he was one of them. Under his presidency, many important occurrences took place, like universal male suffrage. The term spoils system is often associated with Jackson because he was the one who popularized it; he believed in providing positions like postmaster and attorney general only to people who had campaigned for the Democratic party. Also during this time period, the Corrupt Bargain occurred in which Henry Clay swayed votes in favor of John Quincy Adams over Jackson in return for the appointment of Secretary of State. Large removal of Indians from western lands is another thing commonly associated with Andrew Jackson.
The decades following the Jacksonian Era were full of reformation and reawakening. Religiously, the Second Great Wakening revived religion in a way that had not been seen before. From Catholic to Protestant to Methodist to Mormon, almost all religions experienced a revival. Works from Europe also became highly influential in American life; Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are two transcendentalists who had a lasting impact on the U.S. Important reformation of the time mainly took place in areas such as treatment of the mentally ill, child labor, education, slavery, and temperance.

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