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  • 1. The Common Man A Historical Shift in Power and Importance “ God must love the common man, he made so many of them.” -Abraham Lincoln
  • 2. Liberty leading the people 1830
  • 3. Andrew Jackson
    • Andrew Jackson's election was also known as The Revolution of 1828.
    • First American President not rooted in the Eastern aristocracy.
    • Elected by the "common" man and acted within that mandate.
  • 4.
    • Jackson's inauguration in 1828 seemed to many the embodiment of "mob rule" by uneducated ruffians.
  • 5. No one who was at Washington at the time of General Jackson's inauguration is likely to forget that period to the day of his death. To us, who had witnessed the quiet and orderly period of the Adams administration, it seemed as if half the nation had rushed at once into the capital. It was like the inundation of the northern barbarians into Rome, save that the tumultuous tide came in from a different point of the compass. The West and the South seemed to have precipitated themselves upon the North and overwhelmed it. On that memorable occasion you might tell a 'Jackson man' almost as far as you could see him. Their every motion seemed to cry out 'Victory!' – Arthur J. Stansbury, Jacksonian contemporary
  • 6. Veto Message Regarding the Bank of the United States
    • “ For relief and deliverance let us firmly rely on that kind Providence which I am sure watches with peculiar care over the destinies of our Republic, and on the intelligence and wisdom of our countrymen. Through His abundant goodness and heir patriotic devotion our liberty and Union will be preserved.”
    • -ANDREW JACKSON.
    • July 10, 1832
  • 7. The Truth?
    • Not everyone saw Jackson in the same light….
  • 8. George Bancroft
    • “ There is a spirit in man: not in the privileged few; not in those of us only who by the favor of Providence have been nursed in public schools. It Is In Man. It is the attribute of the race.”
  • 9.
    • “ But now we are a mob. Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his genius admonished t stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of the urns of other men. We must go alone.”
          • -R.W. Emmerson: Self-Reliance 1841
  • 10. George Henry Evans
    • Founded: Working Man’s Advocate
    • Joined with Robert Dale Owen and Frances Wright to help found the Workingmen’s Party.
    • National Reform Association: “Vote yourself a farm”
    • The Working Men's Declaration of Independence
  • 11. Who Governed the Common Man?
    • Wealthy bankers, merchants, and lawyers controlled government.
    • “ The common man had little influence, let alone power, in the nation’s cities during the era named in his honor.”
    • - Edward Pessen: Who Governed the Nation's Cities in the "Era of the Common Man"?
    • Was the power of the Common Man a farce?
  • 12. Then and Now:
    • Yes We Can?
    • The will of the people…
    • How much is true? How much is illusion?
    • Comparisons
  • 13. Are we still living in the Era of the Common Man?
    • “ If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.”
          • -Barack Obama

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