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[...] Howe is also critical f Sellers's concept of the "market revolution" as the ideological centre of the period, finding it too constricting for a general history, as well as too deterministic - of market forces displacing human rights with property rights, resisted by an heroic, forward-looking Andrew Jackson leading the "people" in their struggle against the "interests," the latter determined on preserving a stagnant status quo, represented by all those who coalesced around the Whig Party. More than Andrew Jackson's populism, improved transportation and communication facilitated increased participation in politics, leading to the creation of mass political parties (such as Jacksonian Democrats and Whigs), to reform movements (such as temperance, antislavery, and women's rights) - but also to more intense confrontations between opposing factions.
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