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President Andrew Jackson promised the citizens that he would "equal protection and equal benefits" for all Americans—at least, all white American men. Jackson's promise reflected the spirit of the times.
Only men who owned property or paid taxes could vote.
By the 1820s, many states had loosened these requirements. White male sharecroppers, factory workers, and others could now participate in the political process.
Women still could not vote.
African Americans and Native Americans had few rights of any kind.
They argued that ordinary citizens could do most government jobs.
They were disturbed that the federal government had become a bureaucracy (byuh • RAH • kruh • see), a system in which nonelected officials carry out laws.
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