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Andrew Jackson in the Modern World (4)

Andrew Jackson was born in the backwoods of the Carolinas in 1767 where he received sparse education. At age thirteen he fought in the Revolutionary war and was held in a prisoner of war camp. By the end of the war, Jackson was the last living member of his family. He studied law for two years, served as a Tennessee […]

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Andrew Jackson in the Modern World (3)

The Age of Jackson saw an almost fervent spread of democracy: widespread political engagement, shrinking power to the rich and important, suffrage granted to all white males, and extreme devotion to party. However, it was also a time of great corruption and inequality with rampant slavery, the Trail of Tears, and even the spoils system implemented by Jackson himself. Many […]

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Andrew Jackson in the Modern World (2)

Andrew Jackson’s election in 1828 marked the first modern campaign in American history. After a bitter defeat in arguably the first truly democratic election of its time in 1824 –due to its free, fair, and competitive nature– Jackson set out to defeat John Quincy Adams in the next election. Embarking on a long four-year campaign that reflects the lengthy campaigns […]

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Andrew Jackson in the Modern World

Andrew Jackson was a completely different type of presidential candidate from anything the young American nation had ever seen. Coming from the backwoods of North Carolina, Jackson was “the first presidential candidate from the ‘up-by-your-bootstraps’ American tradition. By age fifteen, Jackson was both a battle-hardened veteran of the Revolutionary War and alone, his parents and siblings dead. A combination of […]

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Perpetual War

Since 1945 the United States has fought five major wars: Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This isn’t even including the unofficial interventions and conflicts that the our military employs in around the world. The U.S. military is currently engaged globally with a network of 800 bases spread across 172 countries. According to an article from the Chronicles Magazine, […]

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Elections in the United States

The electoral system in the United States has come under fire in recent elections, and there have been debates about whether it is really democratic, or even fair. The most recent elections in 2016 displayed the irrefutable issues with the way we elect our representatives. Washington Post‘s Dan Slater and Lucan Ahmad Way outline these problems in the article “Was the […]

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Are elections in the United States fair?

  The United States of America is a representative democracy in which we elect people to make decisions on our behalf. We directly elect mayors, senators, members of the House of Representatives, judges, and other lower level representatives. However, when we vote for president, we are really voting for an elector that has pledged to represent their candidate, and the […]

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