Chapter Ten: Democracy in America
Learn about the rise of mass democracy in America. Discover why political parties became indispensable to the American democratic system, even though the Constitution was designed to make them unnecessary. Follow the tempestuous career of Andrew Jackson, the peoples' hero of New Orleans, as he confronted a threat by the Southern states to secede from the Union, then ignored his own Supreme Court as he forcibly removed a hundred thousand settled Indians from their legally awarded tribal homelands because their white neighbors wanted the land. Hear about Jackson's destruction of the country's national banking system because he thought it profited only wealthy investors, then replaced the system with his own form of crony capitalism which contributed to a national banking collapse a few years later. Discover why the U.S. Congress, who was supposed to represent the popular will, would not allow Texas into the Union. Was a populist democracy really the best way to govern the country? This chapter inaugurates the beginning of that national debate. This file is 1 hr. 11 min. in length and 65 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.