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Standard 11.Understands the extension, restriction, and reorganization of political democracy after 1800
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   1. Understands elements of suffrage in the antebellum years (e.g., contradictions between the movement for universal white male suffrage and disenfranchisement of free African Americans and women, the influence of the West and western politicians in supporting equality in the political process)
   2. Understands why the election of Andrew Jackson was considered a victory for the "common man (e.g., the "spoils system," Jackson's interest in providing the "common man" with opportunities to serve in the government)
   3. Understands divisive issues prior to the Civil War (e.g., the Missouri Compromise and its role in determining slave and non-slave land areas, the issues that divided the North and the South)
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   1. Understands political influences and views after 1800 (e.g., the impact of changes in electoral qualifications for white males on local, state, and national politics; how President Jackson’s position on the bank recharter and nullification issues contributed to the rise of the Whig party)
   2. Understands the major events and issues that promoted sectional conflicts and strained national cohesiveness in the antebellum period (e.g., support and opposition of the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the debate over slavery from the late 1830s to the Compromise of 1850)
   3. Understands how tariff policy and issues of state's rights influenced party development and promoted sectional differences (e.g., the political positions of Whigs and Democrats on important issues in 1832, how platform issues had special appeal to different sections of the country)
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Understands increased political activity in the first half of the 19th century (e.g., the importance of state and local issues, the rise of interest-group politics, and the style of campaigning in increasing voter participation; factors that affected the vitality of the National Republican, Democratic, Whig, and "Know-Nothing" parties)
   2. Understands the positions of northern antislavery advocates and southern proslavery spokesmen on a variety of issues (e.g., race, chattel slavery, the nature of the Union, states’ rights, Lincoln-Douglas debates)