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The Triumph of White Men's Democracy

What should we emphasize in our teaching and in our learning about this era of "White Men's Democracy?" What do you think is the dominant "narrative" or story, about this era in American history and culture?

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There are many things that can be emphasized and highlighted about the era of "White Man's Democracy." Below are several examples:

1) "White man's democracy": definition
The 1820s and 1830s witnessed the rise of popular democracy and a swelling of national political involvement. The term is used to describe the political conditions of the U.S. in the early 1800s.

2) Democracy in Theory and Practice
The nation's founders had believed that "democracy" contained dangerous impulses, but by the 1820s and '30s the term had become more acceptable and applicable to American institutions. Alexis de Tocqueville noticed the decline of deference and the elevation of popular sovereignty in America. "Self-made" men could now rise in stature.

3) Democracy and Society
Social equality dominanted the public discourse during this era. Social, economic, and political connections no longer guaranteed success. Industrialization, oftentimes, perpetuated inequality, not in the traditional sense of birth or privilege, but rather in terms ...

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This solution explores the dominant themes and points in the era of "White Man's Democracy."