Polk, Franklin Pierce, and New York financier August Belmont, this faction broke with the agrarian and strict constructionist orthodoxies of the past and embraced commerce, technology, regulation, reform, and internationalism.
The election of was a rematch of the election of between John Quincy Adams and Jackson. Westerners clamored for more and cheaper land and for relief from creditors, speculators, and bankers above all, the hated Second Bank of the United States. ByRhode Island was one of the few states without universal suffrage for white men.
In the end, the bill passed, but the vote was close.
For the first time in American history, a presidential election was the focus of public attention, and voter participation increased dramatically. The fact that white men were now legally allowed to vote did not necessarily mean they routinely would, and political parties worked to pull voters to the polls.
Therefore a bank is of no use for a democracy; if the common man cannot benefit from it.
The Whigs generally opposed Manifest Destiny and expansion, saying the nation should build up its cities. In theory the age of the common man sounds ideal but the Jacksonian Era actually changed the goal of the founding fathers to put more power into the presidency rather than in congress.