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Jeffersonian Democrats

Jeffersonian Democrats

The triumph of the Jeffersonian Republicans over the federalists in the years preceding Andrew Jackson's presidency had established a new tone in America. They had developed both a strong belief in democracy and in freedom, which would aid in their future endeavors. Furthermore, a desire for material success and industrial expansion had arisen due to time in which they lived. The population looked to expand their territories not only geographically, but also through industry and culture. They were in effect, pioneers who increased and refined the American way.

The new found freedoms allowed the people to experiment with new ways of life that they previously would never had touched. Their goal was to seek a better way of life through trial. New religious practices were undertaken in masses as Americans looked to divine faith as a means for discovering inner worth. According to Van Deusen, these forms were spiritualism and Mormonism to transcendentalism and Unitarianism. Some attempted to train there freedom through socialistic and communist practices while other looked to religious Utopias. Their newfound freedoms also allowed them to protest issues that had been bottled up over time. There were demonstrations on women's right, and for the abolition of slavery.

Democracy had its impacts in the economic world of America as well. The United States became filled with greedy people who, according to Van Deusen, felt it was "the right, the duty, and the opportunity of Americans to expand the area of freedom and enrich it." They pushed these policies to the far reaches of the globe, sending clipper ships to seven seas while pushing their own boundaries to the Pacific and the Rio Grande.

With this new booming expansion, America was faced with a new task. How were people and products going to be moved efficiently from point A to point B? A new focus was placed on improving transportation within the United States. The steam engine was introduced as propulsion for both land and sea vehicles. The steamboat was introduced to the web of canals and rivers that were used throughout the United States. The steam engine train was also brought to use as railways dotted the landscape. As Van Deusen called it, America was experiencing a "transportation revolution." As a result of this boom, product transport rates drastically decreased as did transportation time. In 1800 one week of travel from New York would have brought you...

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