HIST312: Capitalism and Democracy in America

Unit 6: The Market Revolution and Antebellum America   This unit explores the explosive economic growth unleashed by the conclusion of the War of 1812 and the concomitant expansion of political participation, a process known as democratization.  Often called the “Era of the Common Man,” the period between 1820 and 1850 came to be symbolized by Andrew Jackson, a man who saw himself as heir to the agrarian republicanism promoted by Jefferson.  Ironically, it was Hamilton’s vision of industrial economic growth that created the conditions that made the expansion of the electorate possible, which in turn allowed Jackson to be elected president.

Unit 6 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 1 hour to complete.

☐    Subunit 6.1-6.2: 1 hour

Unit6 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define the Market Revolution.
  • Identify and differentiate between Jeffersonian Republicans and Jeffersonian Democrats.

6.1 The American Industrial Revolution   - Web Media: History Channel, “The Industrial Revolution” Link: History Channel, “The American Industrial Revolution” (Adobe Flash)
Instructions: Please watch the entire 2 ½ -minute video to get a sense of the American Industrial Revolution.
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6.2 American Politics: From Jeffersonian Republicans to Jacksonian Democrats   - Reading: Reading: Sage American History: Henry J. Sage's “The John Quincy Adams Years and the American Economy,” “JOHN MARSHALL: The ‘Man Who Made the Court Supreme,’” and “Jacksonian Democracy” Link: Sage American History: Henry J. Sage's The John Quincy Adams Years and the American Economy,” (PDF) “JOHN MARSHALL: The ‘Man Who Made the Court Supreme,’” (PDF) and “Jacksonian Democracy” (PDF)
Instructions:  Please read the entirety of these web pages to get a sense of the political climate in the early nineteenth century that led to the expansion of “democracy.”
About the link:  This text was developed by Dr. Sage as a part of his independent online American History course, “Academic American History.”
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