3 DEMOCRATIC- REPUBLICAN **Election of 1824**Carolinas & TN(S & W)MA (N)*son of former president*professional/political family*Harvard-educated*orphan*poor farming family (frontier)*self-educated*US Congress*Sec. of State (Monroe)[Adams-Onis Trty. – 1821]*US Congress*military leader (Gen.)[Indians, 1812, FL]NATIONAL REPUBLICAN(later: “WHIG”)DEMOCRATIC- REPUBLICAN(later: “DEMOCRAT”)*strong FED. govt.*supported bank/tariffs*govt. support of business,arts, sciences, transportation*strong STATE govts.*opposed bank/tariffs*govt. support of agriculture(small farms), common ppl.
4 The Dispute Over the Election of 1824 more than 1/2The Dispute Over the Election of 1824Chapter 12, Section 1The Candidatesall “Republicans”John Quincy Adams (support in New England)Andrew Jackson (support in the west)Henry Clay (support in the West)William Crawford (support in the South)The ElectionWilliam Crawford became too ill to campaign (still had 3rd most electoral votes)Andrew Jackson won the popular vote.No candidate won a MAJORITY (more than half) of the electoral vote; the election went to the House of Representatives: Jackson, Adams, Crawford (too ill to be elected)The House named John Quincy Adams President.Hard feelingsIn the electoral vote, Henry Clay finished 4th; he was out of the running when the election went to the House.Clay was Speaker of the House; he urged House members to vote for Adams.Later, Adams named Clay his Secretary of StateJackson and his supporters said that Adams and Clay had worked together to steal the election. (“CORRUPT BARGAIN”)
5 John Quincy Adams Was an Unpopular President Adams’ PlanHow Most Americans ReactedThe federal government should promote economic growth.It should pay for roads and canals to help farmers transport goods to market.The government should promote the arts and sciences by building a national university and an observatory.These programs cost too much money.These programs would make the federal government too powerful.What Jackson’s Supporters SaidWhat Adams’ Supporters SaidAdams had made a “corrupt bargain” in the 1824 election; should not be reelected in 1828Adams was a member of the upper class - the “elite” - not a common person like farmers of the South and West.Jackson was a dangerous “military chieftain.”If Jackson won the election of 1828, he could easily become a dictator like Napoleon.Chapter 12, Section 1
6 New Political Parties National Republicans + Federalists [J. Adams] Democratic Republicans + Common ppl. [Jefferson]New Political PartiesNational Republicans, known as WHIGS(Last of the old-line Federalists)People who supported Adams and his programs for national growth became known as WHIGS.Supporters included the “elite”: eastern business people, some southern planters, former FederalistsWanted the federal government to spur the economy through support of manufacturing & tradeDEMOCRATSJackson and his supporters called themselves DEMOCRATS.Supporters included the common people: frontier farmers, eastern factory workers, new immigrantsWanted the government to support “common people” (farmers, family-owned businesses)
7 The United States was growing rapidly. Many new states were in the west, between the Appalachians and the Mississippi (KY, TN, OH, IL, IN, MS, AL, LA)Chapter 12, Section 1
8 J. Q. ADAMS (Whig) vs. A. JACKSON (Democrat) ELECTION OF 1828:J. Q. ADAMS (Whig) vs. A. JACKSON (Democrat)Chapter 12, Section 1
9 Growing Spirit of Equality Political Parties Change right to voteprivate meeting to choose political candidatesChapter 12, Section 1open/public meeting in which delegates from all states choose political candidatesGrowing Spirit of EqualitySuffrage ExpandsPolitical Parties ChangeThe “Common Man” RisesUS expanding rapidlyFrontier life encouraged democratic spiritMore white men are eligible to vote - property qualifications for voters endBefore 1828: voter1828: voter1840: voter[Anyone not a white male still denied suffrage…]The caucus system ends (private meetings)Nominating conventions are held to choose presidential candidates (open to more people)ppl. choose political candidates through conventionsThe spoils system lets ordinary citizens participate in governmentIdeas about social classes change
10 Jackson in the White House p. 365-368 Ch. 12.2Jackson in the White Housep
11 Andrew Jackson – elected 1828 Strong-willedToughComplexQuick temperAbility to inspire and lead othersA man of his wordA champion of the common peopleChapter 12, Section 2
12 self-educated;lawyer; land broker; US Congressman; military leader
13 Jackson Takes OverWhen he took office, Jackson fired many government employees and replaced them with his supporters.Critics accused Jackson of rewarding Democrats for helping to elect him instead of choosing men who were qualified.Jackson said he was serving democracy by letting more citizens take part in government; he felt that ordinary Americans were capable of doing government jobs.A Jackson supporter explained, “To the victor belong the spoils.”The practice of rewarding supporters with government jobs became known as the spoils system.Jackson rewarded a number of supporters with Cabinet jobs. Few of them were qualified. So, Jackson relied on unofficial advisers. He met with them in the White House kitchen. The group became known as the “kitchen cabinet.”
14 *appointing “ordinary citizens” to govt. jobs *pushing for states’ rights *allowing “common ppl.” to serverewarding supporters with govt. jobs”To the victor belong the spoils”AJ’s group of informal advisorsmet in the kitchen of the White House
15 Bank of the United States *unconstitutional*undemocratic (supported the wealthy, not the common ppl.)*too powerful (controlled $$ supply)*controlled production (minting/printing) of $$*controlled & limited loans by state banksNICHOLAS BIDDLEPresident of theBank of the United States
16 President Jackson vs. the Bank of the United States The Bank of the United States had great power because it controlled the loans made by state banks.President Jackson thought the Bank was undemocratic.He felt that Bank president Nicholas Biddle chose his rich friends to receive loans.Whigs persuaded Biddle to try to renew the Bank’s charter before the 1832 election.They thought that if Jackson vetoed the bill to renew the charter, he would anger voters and lose the election.When the bill to renew the Bank’s charter reached the President, AJ vetoed it.1st: Bank was unconstitutional.2nd: Bank helped aristocrats at the expense of the common people.Jackson reelected (his supporters didn’t like the bank, either!)Jackson ordered the Secretary of the Treasury to stop putting federal money in the Bank of the United States.The bank closed in 1836.Chapter 12, Section 2
17 *asked bank pres. to apply for early renewal in time for election of 1832 *hoped AJ would veto bank & lose election*vetoed bank *ppl. approved *AJ reelected in 1832*ordered Sec. of Treas. to use state banks – NOT Nat. Bank*Sec. Treas. stopped putting $$ in Nat. Bank; Nat. Bank closed in 1836
20 The Tariff Crisis and the Nullification Act In 1828, Congress passed the highest tariff in the history of the nation. Southerners called it the Tariff of Abominations.Northern manufacturers favored the tariff; it protected them from foreign competition.Southern planters were against the tariff; it raised the cost of the manufactured goods they bought from Europe.*thought it was unconstitutional*it raised the prices of imported goods (highest in US history)*unfairly targeting South
21 The Tariff Crisis and the Nullification Act Vice President John C. Calhoun (S) fought against the tariff by introducing the idea of nullification.Calhoun (S) claimed that a state had the right to nullify (cancel) a federal law that it considered unconstitutional.Daniel Webster (N) attacked the idea of nullification.**violation of Article VI (National Supremacy) – Const. unites ppl. & states**if states can choose to nullify fed. laws, the US will fall apartAJ believed in states’ rights, but he disagreed with NULLIFICATION.Calhoun believed so strongly in nullification, he resigned as VPCalhoun was then elected Senator from SC
22 The Tariff Crisis and the Nullification Act of 1832 Congress passed a lower tariff in 1832, but South Carolina was not satisfied. The state passed the Nullification Act, declaring the new tariff illegal.SC threatened to secede (withdraw from the Union); this could lead to civil warJackson asked Congress to pass the Force Bill.The FORCE BILL allowed the President to use the army to enforce fed. laws (tariff)South Carolina repealed (did away with) the Nullification ActThe Nullification Crisis again brought up states’ rights: the power of states to limit the power of the federal government.
23 Native Americans Are Forced From Their Homeland The Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Seminole nations lived in the Southeast. Settlers wanted the Indian lands for growing cotton.President Jackson sided with the settlers. The federal government set aside lands beyond the Mississippi and had begun to persuade/force Indians to move there.GA ordered the Cherokees to move west.The Cherokees went to court, arguing that they were a sovereign nation not bound by the laws of GA. Treaties with the federal government protected their rights and their property (the US government only makes treaties with sovereign nations)When the case reached the Supreme Court, the Court agreed that the Cherokees were an independent nation not bound by the laws of GA (Worcester v. GA)President Jackson refused to enforce the Court’s decision [In the Cherokee case, he backed states’ rights].Congress passed the Indian Removal Act in It forced many Native Americans to move west of the Mississippi (in direct violation of the Supreme Court’s decision)1838: Jackson ordered the United States Army to force more than 15,000 Cherokees westward.Thousands perished during the march.The long, sad journey west became known as the Trail of Tears.
24 move W of Miss. River**lands chosen by US govt.; no water, not good for farming/hunting**became known as TRAIL OF TEARS (5,000+ died)
25 Native Americans Are Forced From Their Homelands (continuation) First Seminole War: In Florida, the Seminole Indians resisted removal; they fought against the United States ArmyThe Second Seminole War: continuing conflicts with the US army– The Third Seminole War: Seminoles were finally defeated. The federal government forced most Seminoles to leave Florida.
26 Martin Van Buren (AJ’s VP – 2nd term) – elected in 1836 Martin Van Buren faced the worst economic crisis the nation had known: the Panic of 1837:The federal government sold off millions of acres of land in the West.Speculators borrowed money from state banks to buy up the land.To make the loans, state banks printed a lot of paper money.To slow down the wild buying, Jackson (1836) ordered that anyone buying public land had to pay with gold or silver.Buyers rushed to the banks to exchange paper money for gold and silverMany banks did not have enough gold & silver; banks had to close down.The panic became worse when cotton prices fell.Cotton planters had borrowed money to plant crops.; too much cotton on the marketWhen prices fell, they could not repay their loans.As a result, more banks failed.The nation plunged into a deep economic depression (period when business declines and many people lose their jobs).Many people blamed Van Buren.
27 **state bank loans to land speculators **drop in cotton prices **printing of paper $$ not backed by gold/silver **banks closing**tried to set up more stable banking system**cut govt. expenses **LAISSEZ FAIRE economics (“let it alone”)
28 Democrat: Martin Van Buren vs. Whig: William Henry Harrison The Campaign of 1840Democrat: Martin Van Buren vs. Whig: William Henry Harrison* candidates traveling & making public speeches *rallies *gifts* parades *banquets *entertainments *MUDSLINGING
29 Most people blamed VanBuren for the economic depression Harrison was a war hero (Battle of Tippecanoe, War of 1812)Harrison was easily electedHarrison died 1 month after inaugurationVP John Tyler became president
30 “The Accidental President” BJohn Tyler“The Accidental President”
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