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Jacksonian democracy
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Jacksonian democracy

Jacksonian democracy is the term used in American politics to describe the period when the "common man" participated in the government, occurring after Jeffersonian democracy.

Andrew Jackson was the first president to be elected by the masses, as his election was the first election to allow free white men without property to vote. Since Jackson fought alongside the trappers and traders in the War of 1812, he was someone that the masses, who were now able to vote, related to. He commonly discussed politics in his parlor with other men while smoking cigars in contrast to the more formal meetings common to Jeffersonian Democracy. As a result of this informal attitude to politics, his Cabinet became known as the "kitchen cabinet".

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