The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846 Short Essay - Answer Key

Charles Sellers
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1. What period does Sellers's book cover?

Sellers' book covers the period from 1812 to 1837, from the War of 1812 to eight years after Jackson's presidency.

2. How does Sellers characterize the period covered in The Market Revolution?

Sellers defines the period as a time of fierce economic competition and political and religious change.

3. What came out of the period Sellers covers?

By the end of the 1837, Sellers describes the development of the modern liberal democratic capitalist order that has survived unchanged in the U.S. until the present day.

4. What were conditions like at the beginning of the period Sellers covers?

In the early 1810s, the U.S. was still largely unsettled territory west of the Mississippi. Labor was expensive because land was so cheap, and workers were relatively scarce, so people spread out and reproduced quickly. Ultimately this population explosion disturbed the equilibrium between landowners and labor.

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