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Jeffersonian democracy
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Jeffersonian democracy


We shouldn’t be surprised that it is so difficult to replace an authoritarian and tribal culture with a Jeffersonian democracy.
  political faith in the virtue and ability of the common man (especially elected leaders) and distrust of large commercial interests and government
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Jeffersonian Democracy dominated American politics from the 1800-1820s. It is contrasted with Jacksonian democracy (even more faith in the common man), which dominated the next political era.
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  • We shouldn’t be surprised that it is so difficult to replace an authoritarian and tribal culture with a Jeffersonian democracy.
  • But Senator Underwood, convinced that the Klan was contrary to all the principles of Jeffersonian democracy in which he believed, denounced it in no uncertain terms, insisted that this was the paramount issue upon which the party would have to take a firm stand, and fought vigorously but unsuccessfully to include an anti-Klan plank in the party platform.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Jeffersonian democracy [9] , Jacksonian democracy [9]
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