From the earliest days of the United States, westward moving settlers came into conflict with Native Americans. Government policy was to purchase Native land and, in return, grant tribes land further west, hopefully out of the way of white settlers. This excerpt from President Andrew Jackon’s 1830 State of the Union address is typical of white American attitudes toward Native Americans during this period.
The Rise of Democracy
From the late 1820s to the 1840s, changes to voting regulations throughout the United States increased the number of men able to vote. Almost exclusively, the right to vote was restricted to white males with a relatively small number African-American males being able to vote in states of the northeastern US). Property requirements, however, had largely gone by the wayside during this time and by 1840, more than 90% of white men were eligible to vote.