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2 The Adams Presidency Leads to the Jacksonian Revolution The common man comes to the forefront of political life.

3 The Election of 1824 n Becomes the Era of Hard Feelings n Four candidates with sectional ties n All were Democratic-Republicans n People voted along sectional lines


5 Election of 1824 n No majority in Electoral College n H of R selects from top 3 candidates –Jackson, Adams, Crawford n Clay supports Adams rather than Jackson - WHY? n House elects Adams instead of Jackson n “Corrupt Bargain!”

6 Jackson’s Early Campaign n Began n Began 2/9/1825 when House voted JQA President n Republican n Republican Party split into two camps –National –National Republicans w/ Adams as leader –Democrats –Democrats with Jackson

7 Democracy was the issue of 1828 campaign n Jackson hammered at the “corrupt bargain” & “theft” of 1824 election n Only way to right the wrong - elect Jackson n “Jackson and Reform” n Supporters of Adams & Jackson lowered themselves to mudslinging

8 Jacksonian “Revolution of 1828” n Jackson n Jackson wins in 1828 vs. Adams n A n A “revolution” for the common man n Adams n Adams loses the election but goes on to serve in the H of R from Mass.

9 Jacksonian vs. Jeffersonian Democracy Jefferson n Capable, well-educated people should govern for the people n Reflected agricultural society n Limited democracy to political aspects Jackson n People themselves should manage govt. affairs n Reflected agricultural as well as emerging industrial society n Political, economic, and social democracy

10 Protective Tariffs n 1816 Tariff was generally acceptable in all sections –protect ALL U.S. industries from cheap British goods n Later tariffs not supported in South

11 The Tariff of Abominations (1828) n Another high tariff n Jacksonians pushed for higher rates hoping to embarrass Adams

12 The Tariff of Abominations (1828) nSnSnSnS. Carolina the most vocal opponent nRnRnRnReal issue was fear of federal power nAnAnAnAlso of concern - economic distress of the Old South - the seaboard area

13 The “Yankee Tariff” n The South thought that the Tariff of 1828 was only making the North rich at the expense of the South n John C. Calhoun (SC) secretly writes “The South Carolina Exposition and Protest” upholding the sovereignty of the states

14 The Webster-Hayne Debate (1830) n Started as an argument over public land policies n Becomes a classic debate between Sen. Daniel Webster (MA) & Robert Hayne (SC) n Real issue - states’ rights n “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.” - Webster

15 Impact of the Debate n Webster’s speech reaffirmed the concept of the Union n Convinced people of the value of Union - worth fighting for n Perhaps did more to preserve the Union than the Union Army

16 Jackson and the ideal of Union n Though a Westerner himself, Jackson was a Unionist n He was a foe of nullification n He would soon be willing to use force, if necessary, to preserve the Union

17 Jackson and the Nullification Crisis Radical South Carolina

18 Lingering Anger over the Tariff of 1828  Many in South Carolina viewed the “Tariff of Abominations” as a wedge for federal interference  Updated Tariff of 1832 fell short of meeting Southern demands for lower rates  Touched off new nullification calls

19 The “Nullies” MAfter capturing a 2/3 majority in the SC state legislature, the “Nullies” called for a state convention MDeclared the tariff null and void within South Carolina MCalled for military preparations MThreatened to remove SC from the Union

20 Jackson’s Reaction MJackson prepared to respond with force MSouth Carolina initially refused to back down MIf no compromise was reached, it would mean civil war

21 The Compromise Tariff of 1833 MBrokered by Sen. Henry Clay (KY) MGradually reduced rates by 10% over 8 years - addressing SC demands MHotly debated but passed 2/20/1833 MThe face-saving Force Bill by Congress MAuthorized force to collect duties MSC able to back away with dignity

22 No Clear-cut Winner in the Crisis MA victory for both Union and nullification MSouth Carolina arguably came out better MIt won concessions on the tariff MWas South Carolina appeased, only delaying a civil war?

23 Perhaps, but force is always a risky solution. MRMResponding with force against SC could have led to a wider conflict MFMForce indicates a failure of diplomacy MCMCompromise was traditional in America

24 The Jackson Presidency And the Rise of the Whig Party

25 Jackson’s Career Before the Presidency Soldier –Fought in the Revolution –Fought in the War of 1812 –Fought in First Seminole War, 1817-18 Politics –U.S. Representative (TN), 1796-98 –U.S. Senator (TN), 1797-98 (resigned) –Tenn. Superior Court Justice, 1798-1804 –U.S. Senator, 1823-25 –Presidential Candidate, 1824 –Elected President, 1828

26 Jackson as President 1st VP - John C. Calhoun (resigned 1832) 2nd VP - Martin Van Buren Readily used the Presidential Veto Jackson preferred to use his “Kitchen Cabinet” “To the victor belong the spoils.” Jackson confronted the growing sectional crisis over tariffs and states’ rights. In general, Jackson supported making internal improvements to the U.S.

27 The Election of 1832 Henry Clay (National Republican) vs. Jackson (Democrat) 1st time that a 3rd party (Anti-Masonic) entered the race Nominating conventions (3) used to choose candidates rather than caucuses Natl. Reps. and Anti-Masons adopted & publicized party platforms

28 Clay and the Natl. Republicans Well-funded Had a supportive corps of newspaper editors Had influential supporters incl. Webster Unable to overcome Jackson’s popularity –Jackson easily wins the election

29 Jackson as President Jackson did not support the recharter of the Second Bank of the U.S. - vetoed Invested Fed. $ in Pet Banks (state banks) Tried to restore economic order by issuing the Specie Circular –to stop chaos created by Pet Banks and Wildcat banks (financially unsound)

30 The Whig Coalition Jackson loved by the masses but his foes began to form an alliance New party known as the Whigs –consisting of National Republicans, Anti- Masons, and breakaway Democrats Socially conservative and Unionist Whig voters tended to be native-born Protestants A truly national party & cohesive force for Union for two decades

31 The Election of 1836 Whig Party failed to unify under one leader Democrat Martin Van Buren won the election of 1836 Panic of 1837 scars his presidency

32 Independent Treasury Act (1840) & the 1840 Election Van Buren attempted to “divorce” the U.S. govt. from banking –Independent Treasury Act Van Buren suffocated by the 1837 depression and effective Whig campaigning Master politician Van Buren beaten at his own game

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