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1 In 1819, the territory of Missouri applied for statehood
When Missouri’s application was being considered by Congress, Representative James Tallmadge Jr. of New York introduced an amendment prohibiting the introduction of any more slaves into Missouri and providing for the gradual emancipation of those who already lived there So-called Tallmadge Amendment would start controversy that would rage for the next two years Slavery already well established there: it had a population of about 60,000 and 10,000 of those were slaves In 1819, the territory of Missouri applied for statehood

2 ISSUES By 1819, the concept of a balance of power between North and South was well-developed Ever since 1789, new states had come into the union more-or-less in pairs One from the North, one from the South In early 1819, the Union contained an equal number of free and slave states Eleven each Even balanced in the Senate, although free states had slight majority in the House of Representatives Admission of Missouri as a slave state would tip balance in South’s favor Federalists saw Missouri issue as way to revive their fortunes By appealing to Northerners on the issue of preventing the extension of slavery, Federalists hoped to win Northern Republicans away from the southern leadership of the party Wanted to create new sectional alignment of political parties that would benefit them A solidly anti-slavery Federalist North against a pro-slavery Republican South

3 IMPASSE Southerners blocked Maine’s application for statehood in order to force northerners to drop their support of Tallmadge Amendment Speaker of the House Henry Clay announced that Southerners would continue to block Maine’s application if northerners refused to let Missouri in as slave state Total impasse Henry Clay

4 Two-part compromise broke deadlock Engineered by Henry Clay
Called Missouri Compromise or Compromise of 1820 Missouri let in as slave state and Maine let in as free state Balance in Senate remained equal—24 senators each To appease abolitionist sentiment in the North, a line was drawn along southern border of Missouri No slavery would be allowed in territory north of this line

5 WHO WON? Northern anti-slave groups got a firm geographic limit to the extension of slavery Southern pro-slave elements got the Talmadge Amendment dropped and Missouri in as a slave state Real importance was that this was the first issue to divide America along sectional lines South clearly took one side and the North clearly took the other Division was papered over by compromise this time but, sooner or later, compromise would be impossible

6 1824 Republicans had controlled White House from 1800-1824
Jefferson, Madison, James Monroe, Party became so divided by end of Monroe’s second term that four men, each representing a different faction within the party, ran for president in 1824 John Quincy Adams William H. Crawford Henry Clay Andrew Jackson James Monroe

7 ELECTION OF 1824 Jackson ended up with the most electoral college votes Jackson (99) Adams (84) Crawford (41) Clay (37) But he did not have a majority so the top three finishers were submitted to the House of Representatives and it would pick president Clay used his influence as Speaker to sway House to pick Adams Clay was promised position as Secretary of State by Adams in exchange for his support Jackson was outraged and called this deal a “corrupt bargain” but Adams became president John Quincy Adams

Jackson worked non-stop for the next four years to construct a solid political party to support him when he ran for president again in 1828 Known as “Democratic Republicans” John Quincy Adams’ supported known as “National Republicans” Both new parties were breakoffs from Jefferson’s old Republican Party Andrew Jackson

9 ELECTION OF 1828 Ugly campaign where each candidate engaged in personal attacks Jackson charged that Adams was guilty of gross waste and extravagance, that he had used tax money to buy gambling devices for himself, and that he was a pimp Adams charged that Jackson was a murderer and an adulterer Had cold-bloodedly shot several of his soldiers during War of 1812 That he lived with another man’s wife Rachel Jackson

Jackson won election and believed that he had a mandate to change things in America in a big way Presidency did open a new era in American politics Jackson was real American success story Although born poor he became a lawyer and the richest man in Tennessee by the time he was 40 Also a military hero Always claimed to be a man of the people and a symbol of the American frontiersman Had a fanatical devotion from his followers

11 JACKSON’S PRINCIPLES Jackson did not have a clear program when he became president Partly because his supporters had diverse interests that were difficult to reconcile But there was one principle to which he was strongly attached Principle of a strong presidency and a strong national union Never wavered from this

John C. Calhoun was Jackson’s vice-president in 1828 But he had a problem So-called Adams tariff very unpopular in his home state of South Carolina Calhoun had to be strong opponent to tariff if he wanted to retain political leadership back home But if he opposed the tariff too strongly he would alienate voters in other states and damage his chances to ever become president

Ultimate source of power of the federal government was the individual states Because they, through their ratification conventions, had created it The Supreme Court did not have the power to judge whether acts of Congress were constitutional Each state must decided for itself whether or not an act of Congress was constitution States should have ultimate say regarding the constitutionality of laws because they were the ultimate source of power The source that had created the federal government itself

If Congress passed a law that seemed unconstitutional: A state would hold a convention to examine law If they found it that the law was unconstitutional, they would declare it null and void within their state Law would remain null and void until other states made up their minds about the law in question If they also found it to be unconstitutional, it would be revoked If a majority found it to be constitutional, the state that had originally declared it to be null and void could either go along with them or secede from the Union

15 CALHOUN’S STRATEGY South Carolina published Calhoun’s theory anonymously in 1828 and declared that Adams Tariff should be declared null and void But this is as far as they went at this time Calhoun did not want to push the issue too hard and alienate Jackson Used nullification to keep folks back home happy but did not push it hard enough to jeopardize his national political career

Jackson and Calhoun had serious falling out over personal and minor political issues Peggy Eaton Affair Not even friends by 1832 Jackson picks Martin Van Buren to be his vice-presidential running mate for 1832 election Not Calhoun Since Calhoun no longer had Jackson’s favor, he pushed nullification as a way to build a strong political base in the South and West Peggy Eaton

Calhoun had become convinced that industrial development would never happen on a significant scale in the South Also foresaw that the North would continue to rapidly industrialize and thereby gain a clear dominance over the South in terms of population, economic wealth, and political power North would then use its superior power to attack the “southern way of life” Would try to abolish slavery in the South Only line of defense for the South was nullification Could declare northern anti-slave laws null and void and secede if need be

18 SOUTH CAROLINA ACTS In 1832, the South Carolina legislature declared Adams tariff unconstitutional, null and void within the state, and vowed to secede if the federal government tried to use force to make South Carolina obey it

19 EMBEDDED DANGER If South Carolina was allowed to get away with its “nullification” of the Adams tariff, any state, in the future, could “nullify” any law it didn’t like The result would be anarchy Congress and the federal government would become a joke as states only obeyed those laws they liked and nullified those they did not like Nullification, in short, was a clear threat to the existence of an united United States

20 JACKSON’S REACTION Jackson reacted strongly
Threatened to hang Calhoun from “the first tree I can find” Sent reinforcements to federal forts in South Carolina Argued that nullification was “incompatible with the existence of the Union, contradicted expressly by the letter of the Constitution, unauthorized by its spirit, inconsistent with every principle on which it was founded, and destructive of the great object of which it was formed?” Claimed any attempt to secede would be treason and treated as such Asked Congress for authorization to use armed force to enforce tariff in South Carolina

21 ANOTHER COMPROMISE Faced with Jackson’s strong stand, Calhoun had no choice but to back down No southern state would support South Carolina No way South Carolina could win a war against the other 23 states Jackson offered Calhoun a compromise so he could save face Engineered again by Henry Clay Drop nullification in exchange for gradual reduction of Adams tariff to zero by 1842

22 RAMIFICATIONS Calhoun claimed victory
Because he had brought about reduction of Adams tariff But nullification and the theory of state’s rights had lost an important battle Calhoun also learned an important lesson No state could assert and maintain its rights by independent action Worked from this point on to construct a strong sense of southern solidarity so the entire South would act together in the future in resisting federal authority

23 Even built forts along river to make sure Indians stayed in the West
Jefferson had started program of removing all Indians east of the Mississippi to west of the river Jackson carried out this program vigorously with the goal of moving all eastern tribes into the west Even built forts along river to make sure Indians stayed in the West

24 THE BLACKHAWK “WAR” Fox Indians tried to re-cross Mississippi River from Iowa to return to their homeland in Illinois Led by Chief Blackhawk White settlers put together an army of state militiamen and regular army troops Attacked Blackhawk’s camp Slaughtered survivors who had tried to escape to Wisconsin Both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis participated in this conflict Chief Blackhawk

25 SEMINOLE WAR Chief Osceola refused to move west in 1833
Jackson sent in federal troops to crush the uprising But Seminoles could not be subdued Even after Osceola was captured and killed Finally, the U.S. just gave up and left them alone

26 CHEROKEES Cherokees were most civilized tribe in the U.S.
Had their own written language Settled life as farmers Even had their own native-language newspaper But white farmers were anxious to get their hands on the millions of acres of good farmland they had in Georgia

27 SHOWDOWN Cherokees adopted their own constitution and declared their independence as the Cherokee Nation Not part of Georgia but a real independent nation Georgia legislature passed law authorizing seizure of Cherokee land Cherokees appeal to Supreme Court in response Cherokee farm

28 CHEROKEES WIN Supreme Court issues two decisions supporting Cherokee position Written by John Marshall Cherokees were an “domestic independent nation” and that no one could touch their land unless Cherokees voluntarily gave it up The laws of Georgia did not apply in Cherokee territory and that no white man could enter it without their prior permission

29 THE TRAIL OF TEARS Jackson refuses to enforce Supreme Court decisions
So they went unenforced One year later, Cherokees were forced to give up their land and move to Oklahoma Trail of Tears Forced to walk, only bringing what they could carry with them

30 BIRTH OF THE WHIGS Jackson made lots of enemies as president
They grouped together to form a new opposition party to the Democrats in 1834 Called the Whigs Made up of a collection of different groups Old National Republicans Democrats who had turned on Jackson because of his stand on one issue or another

31 NATURE OF THE WHIGS Strongest among New England merchants and manufacturers, large planters, and western farmers Never appealed strongly to mainstream voter Only won two presidential elections in 20 years 1840 and 1848 And only because they ran a military hero Led by Henry Clay and Daniel Webster of Massachusetts Calhoun often cooperated with Whigs but never officially joined the party

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