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Unit 5: Jacksonian Democracy & Antebellum Changes

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The Big Picture:

The Jacksonian era was marked by increased voting rights for common white men, social reform highlighted by the temperance and abolition movements, the re-emergence of the two-party system, and controversy on a variety of issues including states’ rights, the role of the national bank, and the coexistence of Native Americans in the USA. As a result of the American System, the country became connected through a network of roads and canals and regional trade with southern cotton, northern textiles, and western grains. This birth of regional specialization and the development of transportation systems allowed for the growth of a national market economy in the United States.