Early National Period Jefferson to Jackson. VUS.6a-b. Political developments in the Early National Period. After George Washington’s presidency ended in the late 1790s, the first political parties emerged…
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The belief that it was America’s “Manifest Destiny” to spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific provided political support for territorial expansion. The First Americans (Indians) were the ones forced to suffer in the move westward by Americans.
Expansion of Democracy--the number of eligible voters increased as previous property qualifications were eliminated. Prior to the election of 1828, the majority of the American people had been satisfied to have “aristocrats” select their President.
Bank of the United States spoils system to reward supporters with government jobs. This practice will continue until a President is killed by a man who did not receive a job he believed he deserved (Garfield, 1881).
Jackson distrusted the Bank as an unjust tool of the eastern elite. He vetoed the rechartering of the Bank in 1832. Jackson’s Bank veto was the central issue in the election of 1832. Henry Clay, the National Republican candidate supported the Bank