“1828-1829: Changing Times”

A little more than forty years after the signing of the Constitution of the United States, the country’s economy is primarily agrarian, however, industrialization is taking root in the cities. Westward expansion is stimulating the development of a national infrastructure and fueling debate about states’ rights versus federalism. Large numbers of immigrants and free blacks are inflating the population and changing the demographics. The growth of a two-party system is altering the face of politics and political campaigning.

A philosophical shift prompts many Americans to actively support the abolition of slavery, the nascent suffragist movement, equal rights and free education for all. The traditional Calvinism of the early settlers is challenged by itinerant preachers who propagate evangelical Protestantism. In the extreme, religious and ideological prophets establish self-contained utopian communities based on the socialist tenet of shared property. Additionally, some advocate radical lifestyles such as celibacy, polygamy, group marriage and free love.

The end of the third decade of the nineteenth century is, indeed, a time of change and challenge. America underscores its growing transformation by sending Andrew Jackson, a rough, volatile, military hero from free-wheeling Tennessee to the White House to replace John Quincy Adams, a reserved, Harvard-educated diplomat from staid New England.

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3 Responses to “1828-1829: Changing Times”

  1. Is there a thread for this that I missed because I didn’t follow your blog earlier? I know it ain’t Sammy the Gat!! Tell him “hey”, BTW.


  2. vbholmes says:

    Hi Janet,
    I was curious to see if there would be any interest in a history post and took the easy way out by picking up copy from the preface to my book as it had already been written. I will be posting Sammy in a little while (have to do the gationary). Thanks for commenting–and for the shout out to Sammy!

  3. Yes, industrialization taking root. I see cause of Civil War as conflict between agrarian civilization being drowned out by irrepressible force of change to industrial society and all the social, economic, cultural and political upheaval which results. This
    is the historical cycle proposed by Toffler in “The Third Wave” and the dialectical materialism of Hegel. So despite contemporary thought the slavery issue is not the central dynamic of Civil War cause. You will always have my input history post – taught high school history 33 years.

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