Presentation on theme: "The Age of Andrew Jackson"— Presentation transcript:
1The Age of Andrew Jackson “Oh the IRONY! My image is affixed on national currency!”
2The Republican Party Changes Some members clung to old Republican ideals of limited government and strict interpretation of the ConstitutionMost of the Rep. adopted what had once been a Federalist program.A Republican congress maintained a large army and navy, chartered a Second Bank of the US in 1816 (originally championed by Hamilton, the Federalist)Some reversed their views from one decade to the next.Daniel Webster of Mass. Strongly opposed the tariffs of 1816 and 1824 but in 1828 supported even higher tariff rates,John C. Calhoun of S.C. an outspoken war hawk and nationalist in 1812, became a leading champion of states’ rights after 1828Political factions and sectional differences became more intense during Monroe’s second term. Monroe honored the two-term tradition.
3How would a party choose a candidate? Candidates for office would be nominated either by state legislatures or by “King Caucus”-a closed door meeting of a political party’s leaders in Congress.The common people had no opportunity to participate1830’s caucuses would be replaced by nominating conventions in which political parties and voters would gather in a large meeting hall to nominate the party’s candidates.This is MORE democratic
4“Era of good feelings” turns into political bad feelings Old conventional caucus system for choosing presidential candidates had broken downAs a result, FOUR candidates of the same party (Republican party founded by Jefferson) campaigned for the presidencyAndrew JacksonJohn Quincy AdamsHenry ClayWilliam Crawford
5The Election of 1824All were Republicans, so they split the electoral votes.Jackson won the popular voteNO Electoral College majority so the House of Rep. would choose of the top 3.Henry Clay used his influence in the House to provide J. Q. Adams enough votesAdams appoints Clay as the Sec. of State once he throws his support behind Adams, viewed by some as a “secret political maneuvers” that Jackson will call a Corrupt Bargain!Adams WINS!Jacksonians feel ripped off already and Adams further alienates them by pushing his financial limits with CongressToo much money allocated for internal improvements, that Jackson felt was a waste of money.
6The Election of 1824 Candidate Popular Vote Electoral Vote Andrew Jackson153,54499John Quincy Adams108,74084Henry Clay47,13637William Crawford46,61841
7The Image of Andrew Jackson He represents the symbol of emerging working and middle class…“common man”Chewed tobacco, fought duels, had rough manners, no college educationAn extraordinary, ordinary self-made man, living a legend.He drew support from all social groups and sections of the country
8The Role he takes on…Protector of the people against abuses of power by rich and privilegedFrugal-opposed spending or increasing national debt.Narrow interpretation of the role of Congress (for this reason, he had a lot of vetoes)Maysville Rd. Construction-vetoed it because it was in Kentucky (Clay’s home state)He had unofficial advisors known as the “kitchen cabinet” that were not actual members of the presidential cabinet
9New Campaign TacticsSince voters are more involved in the nominating process, campaigning becomes a necessityThe Dirty tricks of “Old Hickory” go beyond the BBQs and parades that were now a part of a national campaign.Ex. “Adam’s wife was born out of wedlock” was retaliated with “Jackson’s wife is adulterous.”
10The Election of 1828 Candidate Popular Vote Electoral Vote John Quincy Adams508,06483Andrew Jackson647,286178
11Election of 1828Jackson wins, not because of the issues but because he has come to be a well known war here, a man of the western frontier…he won because of his image.
12EXPANDING DEMOCRACYDe Tocqueville notices democratic ways, few class differences yet oppression of blacksMiddle /lower class males voted moreMost states eliminated property qualifications for votingNominating conventions used vs. caucusesNational campaignsMore officials elected vs. appointedSpoils system/.rotation in office = all could hold office
13Tariff of 1828 North is satisfied with the tariff of 1828 South denounced it as a tariff of abominations (felt that it was too high and unconstitutional)Keeping in mind that even the Republicans didn’t know how they felt as a party about tariffs, sectional differences are certainly dividing them.
14TARIFF Jackson favored states’ rights but not disunion 1828 tariff = Tariff of Abominations So. Carolina said was too high and unconstitutionalRevolution of 1828 (Adams possible reelection?)Jacksonians use the discontent of the South and the West and some new campaign tactics to get Jackson elected
15The Tariff of Abominations 1828, Congress passed a heavy tariffCalhoun secretly (at first) supports nullification in South CarolinaForce Bill… authorizes Jackson to use force if necessaryCompromise Tariff of 1833 (brokered by Henry Clay)SC repeals nullificationJohn C. Calhoun
16NULLIFICATION CRISIS Regarding the Tariff of Abominations Calhoun issued Doctrine of Nullification = each state could decide if federal laws were constitutional (if not, could nullify them)Jackson threatened federal troops (Force Bill) if South Carolina didn’t enforce tariff/nullifiedCongress passed lower tariff crisis avoided although South Carolina nullified Force Bill threatening troopsCongress passed lower tariff crisis avoided tho So. Carolina nullified Force Bill threatening troopsSecession a possibility according to Calhoun
17NATIVE AMERICAN POLICY Jackson not democratic toward Indians-were in the way of white settlement removed to W of Miss R1830: Indian Removal Act-by 1835 most complied and movedCherokees in Georgia challenged Worcester v. Georgia=state laws had not effect on Indian nationsJackson sided w. states – defied Supreme CourtTrail of Tear in 1838
18NATIVE AMERICAN POLICY Created the Bureau of Indian AffairsMarshall sided with the Cherokees but it didn’t matter because Jackson ignored the ruling of the Supreme Court and forced removal of the Indians anyway.The U.S. Army forced 15,000 Cherokees to leave Georgia on the “trail of tears”4000 Cherokees died enroute
19NATIONAL BANKBank of U.S. and it’s branches were privately owned by received federal deposits and attempted to serve public purposes (cushion ups and downs of the economy by adjusting interest rates and loans)Bank president was effective by arrogant so people suspected that he abused his power (Jackson did anyway)Clay favored the bank, so he wanted to recharter, Bank Recharter Bill 1832Jackson vetoed the bill and denounced it as a private monopoly that enriched the wealthy at the expense of the common man.
21NATIONAL BANKHenry Clay brought recharter of bank up early to challenge Jackson in election yearJackson believed bank was unconstitutional and that it favored Northern interests he subsequently vetoedTook federal money out and put in “pet” state banks
24Pet Banks Jackson vetoed the recharter and withdrew federal funds He transferred the money into various state banks=Pet banksThis lead to bad inflationIn order to check inflationary trends, Jackson ordered the Specie Circular
25The Election of 1836 Martin Van Buren Candidate Popular Vote Electoral VoteVan Buren764,176170William H. Harrison550,81673Hugh L. White146,10726
27Specie Circular and Panic of 1837 Specie Circular-requires all future purchases of fed. Lands to be made in gold and silver, not paper bank notesToo little too lateBank notes lost value, land sales plummeted, economic CRASH!Eventually created Panic of 1837 lasting until 1843Panics are economic depressions
28Tippecanoe and Tyler Too. http://www. binghamtonschools
30Websites for Andrew Jackson White House Presidential Biographies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGfxyeuy8u8&feature=related Andrew Jackson The Good, evil and presidency PBS Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsukWXCaXuY&feature=related The Conquerers: Andrew Jackson against the Seminoles