Reeve Huston (Associate Professor of History, Duke University)
November 15, 2011
How did the electorate change between 1800 and the 1830s? How did ideas about who was entitled to membership in the political community change? How did the practice of politics — the rules of the political game — change? Who gained power as the result of these changes? Who lost power? How democratic was the Jacksonian political order? What role did ordinary people play in bringing about those changes? What role did political operatives play? What role did Andrew Jackson play?