February 4th 2013
Liberty and Power
In Watson’s “Liberty and Power”, we go on a political journey about American politics and see how it developed and how it changed the American culture. He spends most of his time discussing the politics during the Jacksonian Era. Watson uses actual events and quotes from politicians to explain his opinion and to back up his theories. His book expresses many ideas and gives different interpretations of early American Politics. Watson wanted to interpret the idea of liberty through the eyes of Jacksonians. He also gave us a personal insight into Andrew Jackson’s life and his political influence. Watson gave a powerful argument about the start of the beginning political parties and articulated the importance of defining the political focus of the country. Watson believed that the Market Revolution produced many economic inequalities, which later expanded to new concerns . The people sought for a candidate that deeply expressed the ideals of common man. This common man was Andrew Jackson and his political influence forever shaped how elections were conducted till this day.
After the War of 1812, America was shifting to a new direction and things were changing for the better. Technology opened up many opportunities in transportation, communication and manufacturing. These opportunities led to the improvement of the economy and greatly changed the lives of many citizens. Machines replaced skilled workers and many farmers switched to commercial agriculture. Although, this switch seemed to be profitable, not all farmers could profit from this. So many farmers were forced to work labor jobs and give up the thought of living the American Dream. Watson wanted the readers to visualize the change and wanted to display the inequality towards every person having liberty. Liberty back then was universally considered to be a self-proclaimed right that Americans were blessed with. As rumor began, that...