By Lawrence Frederick Kohl
Within the fifty years following the Revolution, America's inhabitants approximately quadrupled, its barriers improved, industrialization took root within the Northeast, new modes of transportation flourished, nation banks proliferated and provided effortless credits to keen marketers, and americans came across themselves in the course of an accelerating age of individualism, equality, and self-reliance. To the Jacksonian new release, it appeared as though their global had replaced essentially in a single day. The Politics of Individualism seems to be on the political manifestations of those striking social transformations.
through the 1830s and 1840s, american citizens have been fed on through politics and get together loyalties have been fierce. the following, Kohl attracts at the political rhetoric present in speeches, newspapers, periodicals, and pamphlets to put the Democrats and the Whigs in an effective social and mental context. He contends that the political department among those events mirrored the department among american citizens unsettled via the hot individualistic social order and people whose personality allowed them to try extra expectantly inside of it. Democrats, says Kohl, have been extra "tradition-directed," sure to others in additional own methods; Whigs, nonetheless, have been extra "inner-directed" and embraced the impersonal, self-interested relationships of a marketplace society. via interpreting this attention-grabbing discussion of events, Kohl brings us vivid new perception into the politics and folks of Jacksonian America.