American in the 1790s-1850s Socially, Politically, and Economically

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AAmerica began as a small struggling nation, with each citizen desiring an opportunistic way of life. To achieve this way of life, many changes needed to be made. Different people with distinctive ideas came together, and although there was conflict, they made great changes politically, socially, and economically. Each aspect changed America tremendously in a variety of ways. Analyzing each specific change can determine the extent in which America has changed for better or for worse.
The creators of the Constitution wanted a one party system, but during the election of 1796 the one party system started to split. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the candidates for the election; Adams won president and Jefferson as vice president.
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John Tyler, a former Democrat, took his place as president. Tyler vetoed several bills that would benefit Clay’s American System, and then the Whigs dropped him and resigned from the cabinet. So Tyler appointed former Democrats like himself. The Whigs again lost the election of 1844 to Democrat James K. Polk but triumphed when Zachary Taylor won the election of 1848 for the Whigs.
During the preindustrial time families lived by patriarchal ways. The man had unquestionable authority over his family and apprentices. The man would decide an occupation for his son or chose a husband for his daughter. The wife’s job was to take care of everything in the house: food, clothing, child caring, and other affairs. But with all of the wife’s duties her first job was to please and work for her husband. Legally, men had all the power, neither women or children had any property or legal rights. The patriarchal organization of the family was reflected in society was a whole.
In the South there was poor white people, the yeoman farmer, and plantation owners. Many of the southern white people were landless. With the existence of slavery in the South jobs were limited, many just worked as farm labor at harvest time which was only temporary. Poor whites and black slaves had a relationship; they just worked side by side in the fields. A yeoman farmer was just a famer who normally lived on a family-sized farm. Farm men and women were dependent on their


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