Jacksonian Democrats

The Jacksonian Democrats, who later became the modern Democratic party, are lead by Andrew Jackson.  At this time, Jackson promoted public involvement in government and a strong executive branch even if that is at the expense of Congressional power. Jackson and his supporters felt that the government was only lead by elites which did not represent the interests of the people. Jackson’s promotion of these democratic values lead to the creation of more public offices, longer ballots, party platforms as a means of communicating ideas to voters, and mass-membership. Through this new approach to democratic government, the Jacksonian Democrats pushed against the weakening Democratic-Republican party and in 1828 obtained control of the Presidency. Now, in addition to the emerging Jacksonian Democrats, the only other emerging group is derived from the anti-Jacksonians who formed a new party, The Whigs, in order to return power to the Republicans.