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1 Politics during the Age of Jackson: Chapter 11

2 From Era of Good Feelings to Jackson Corrupt Bargain of way race for President, all Republicans Results: 1-Jackson – most popular votes and electoral votes 2-John Quincy Adams (Sec. of State) 3-William Crawford 4-Henry Clay (Former War Hawk, Speaker of the House) No majority in the electoral votetop 3 candidates went to the House of Representatives Clay supported Adams, Adams won, Jackson lost Adams made Clay his Secretary of Statebad feelings among Jackson supporters Adams Presidencynationalist couldnt get much done

3 Election of 1828 Republicans split into two rival factions (re-emergence of the two party system) National RepublicansAdams and Clay Republican party of the Era of Good Feelings and Madison and Monroe after the War of 1812 Democratic RepublicansJackson Republican party of Jefferson and Madison before the War of 1812 First election with widespread appeal to popular vote, electoral votes in many states tied to popular vote for the first time Jackson won the South and the West, Adams won New England and part of the Northeast Jackson won 178 to 83


5 Jacksonian Democracy Around the time and during the time of Jacksons presidency the role of the common people in government increased Electoral vote tied to popular votenot state legislatures Universal white male suffrageall adult white males could vote regardless of income Candidates chosen by political convention not by party leaders End of established religions in New England Effects of this increase in democracy?

6 George Caleb Bingham: County Election 1852

7 All Creation Going to the White House: 1829

8 Canvassing For a Vote 1852

9 Jackson Campaign Poster 1828

10 Anti-Jackson Cartoon ca. 1828

11 Anti-Jackson Newspaper Article ca.1828 General Jacksons mother was a Common Prostitute, brought to this country by the British soldiers! She afterwards married a MULATTO man with whom she had several children, of which GENERAL JACKSON is one.

12 Major Issues of Jacksons Presidency Major Issues Spoils System Tariffs and nullification Bank Indian Removal Spoils System Unlike previous administrations Jackson fired government workers appointed/hired by his predecessorsTo the victor (of the election) go the spoils (the government jobs). New appointees loyal to Jackson and his party How could this also be viewed as democratic? Drawbacks of this system?

13 Tariffs and Nullification Protective Tariffs divided the nationone of the major sources of sectional conflict Tariffs protected US industry from foreign competition BUT increased the overall cost of goods in the US Tariffs also made it more difficult to export goods (agricultural products) to foreign countries North liked tariffs, South and West disliked them (South especially) 1828 an especially high tariff was passedtariff of abominations South Carolina threatened to nullify the law Refuse to enforce it (nullify it) inside its borders What else besides tariffs were on their minds in the South? SC threatened to secede (leave the Union) if the federal govt tried to collect the tariff by force Jackson threatened to send soldiers Civil War!!?? Compromise tariff of 1833, Henry Clay avoided showdown

14 National Bank 2 nd Bank of the United States (B.U.S.) chartered in 1816 for 20 years charter set to expire in 1836 Jackson hated banks, hated the National Bank, why? Jeffersonian Republicanismunconstitutional Unfairly benefitted the wealthy/east coast elites People had little control over the bank (government only controlled 1/5 th of the board of directors) Jackson hated banks in generalinvolved in some failed bank schemes out west Foreigners (mostly British) held a lot of Bank stock Pros of the BUS Regulated the money supplypaper money backed up by gold, kept other banks in line by making loans to them Lent money to the Federal Govt. Helped stimulate economic activity by making money available to loan, but not too much money which would lead to boom and bust

15 Bank Re-Charter Debate Clay forced a re-charter bill through in 1832, why? Passed both houses of Congress but Jackson vetoed it Significance: veto=undemocratic element, in the past veto was only used by the President if he thought something was unconstitutional, Jackson just disagreed with the bank, a lot more power for the President Bank became the central issue of the 1832 election Clay (National Republican) vs Jackson (Democratis- Republican)Jackson won in a landslide Bank and its director (Nicholas Biddle) began to tighten up credit, caused an economic recession to show people how much they needed the Bank Jackson decided to withdrawal all US deposits from the Bank immediately (this would effectively kill the Bank) Treasury secretary refusedJackson fired him replaced him with someone who would remove the deposits (Roger B. Taney)

16 Aftermath of the Bank Debate State banks and shady private banks Wildcat Banks were flooded by money that used to be in the National Bank No more National Bank to keep smaller banks in line Result: smaller banks loaned out lots of money, issued lots of paper currency, economy expanded too quickly, paper money lost its value Financial Panic and Crashwave of bank failures 1837

17 Indian Removal Due to patterns of white settlement about 125,000 Indians were trapped east of the Mississippi mostly in the South East 5 Civilized Tribes Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Seminoles, Cherokees Had largely embraced European culture in an attempt to retain control of their land European clothing, housing, farming, slave-owning, alphabet, law codes, constitution Late 1820s southeastern states began to intrude on Indian lands, Cherokees sued in court, case went to the Supreme Court Worcester v. Georgia 1834 court found for the Cherokees Jacksons response: John Marshall has made his decision now let him enforce it Indian Removal Act of 1830provided land and money to relocate Indians some 100,000 relocated including 17,000 Cherokees 4,000 Cherokees died on the journey westTrail of Tears

18 Opposition to Jackson: Beginning of the Whigs Mid-1830s political landscape still very unsettledno one really knew what was going on Democratic RepublicansJackson National RepublicansClay, Webster, Calhoun Anti-Masonic Partypopular in New York/New England Resented the Masons (Jackson) Lower/middle classholier than thou attitude wanted to use the government to solve social problems (including the Masons) New Parties mid-1830s: The 2 nd Two Party System Democratic Republicans=Democrats National Republicans + Anti-Masons + Democrats who hate Jackson = Whig party 1834 or so

19 The 2 nd Two Party System: The Whigs Whats in a name? Opposed Jackson Generally upper class, but extended across all social classes and all sections of the country (mostly New England and the South) Tended to be native born, British descended, Protestant, Americans Favored a broader interpretation of the Constitution A 3 rd National Bank Internal Improvements High tariffs (American System) Use the government to solve social problems Drinking, (slavery), public education, mental asylums etc Didnt want to focus on westward expansion, wanted to focus on improving and settling the land the US already had

20 The 2 nd Two Party System: The Democrats Whats in a name? Party of the people Appealed to the poor and the middle class Also immigrants, Catholics Popular in the South, but also out West, and to the poor in big eastern cities Favored a more limited role for the Federal government Just wanted the government to leave them alone Government involvement cost money Didnt want the government dictating morality In favor of expanding west, more land for the poor

21 Election of 1836: Democrats vs. Whigs Democrat=Martin Van Buren Jacksons VP Little Magician, Old Kinderhook, O.K. Whigscouldnt get organized enough to nominate one candidate, plan was to divide the electoral vote and win in the House of Rep. WebsterNew England WhiteSouth HarrisonWest Van Buren won easily Economic Depression (caused by Jacksons banking errors) lasted throughout Van Burens administration Independent Treasurygovernment stopped putting money in state banks, held on to its own money


23 Election of 1840 Van Buren hurt by the economy Whigs nominate William Henry Harrison Harrison=the Whig version of Jackson, a war hero, Indian fighter, frontiersman, born in a log cabin Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign Short on issues, long on slogans and hoopla Tippecanoe,,,,,,, and Tyler too Harrison elected in 1840 Sworn inMarch of 1841, got sick DiedApril 1841 John Tyler (Tyler too!) became President


25 Looking Back: Effects of the Jacksonian Era on Politics 2 new political parties: Democrats and Whigstwo party system would last until present day Political party conventions for nominating candidates Increase in democracy and the role of the common man Universal white male suffrage, electoral vote tied to popular vote Idea that democracy was not a bad thing, being a man of the people no longer a negative, parties had to appeal to the masses (for better or worse) More power for the office of President Tariff controversy Bank debate Indian removal

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