Jacksonian Democracy. Mobilizing Voters in the 19 th Century. The Presidential Election of 1840. Martin Van Buren—(Democrat); Short-statured; Known as the “Little Magician”. Other important Democrats at the time included John C. Calhoun and Thomas Hart Benton.
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Mobilizing Voters in the 19th Century
Rockabye, Baby! Daddy’s a Whig.
When he comes home, hard cider he’ll swig.
When he has swug, he’ll fall in a stew,
And down will come Tyler and Tippecanoe.
Rockabye, Baby! When you awake,
You will discover Tipp is a fake.
Far from the battle, war cry, and drum,
He sits in his cabin, a-drinkin’ bad rum.
Rockabye, Baby! Never you cry!
You need not fear old Tipp and his Ty.
What they would ruin, Van Buren will fix.
Van’s magician! They are but tricks!
Come swell the crowd and join the throng
Extend the circle wider!
Join the run for Harrison, Log Cabin, and Hard Cider.
With Harrison, our country’s won
Though treachery hath been lightered.
Thy will be done with Harrison, Log Cabin, and Hard Cider.
Let Calhoun jeer and Benton sneer
Like every such backslider!
The fight was won by Harrison, Log Cabin, and Hard Cider.
To all the world our flag’s unfurled
To vict’ry Tipp’ll guide her.
Second to none is Harrison, Log Cabin, and Hard Cider!
Oh who has heard the great commotion – motion - motion all the country through?
Is the ball a rollin’ on for Tippecanoe and Tyler too, For Tippecanoe and Tyler too?
And with ‘em we’ll beat little Van, Van,
Van is a used up man!
And with ‘em we’ll beat little Van.
Sure let’em talk about hard cider – cider - cider and log cabins too!
They’ll only help to speed the ball for Tippecanoe and Tyler too,
Like the rush of mighty waters – waters - waters onward it will go!
And its course will bring you through, for Tippecanoe and Tyler too
- Widespread economic depression
- National Bank implicated
- Admit Missouri as a slave or free state?
- Congressmen came to blows
- Would the Union survive?