The Age of Jackson, Reform and Industrial Growth. 1824-1860. The Rise of Mass Democracy. 1825-1840. Possible Quick Writes.
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Emergence of two party political system
New types of political parties emerged, became accepted
Emergence of new type of voter: fewer property qualifications means more people eligible to vote (less restriction)
New styles of campaigns, banners, badges, politicking
1828 new party, Democrats
1830’s Whig Party emerges
Two party system part of checks and balances of political power
More people began to vote (78% in1840)I. The Corrupt Bargain
1825 vote in House gave election to Adams, Clay becomes Sec. of State (seen as stepping stone to presidency)
Supporters of Jackson called it a corrupt bargain
No positive evidence of “corrupt bargain”, Clay becomes Sec. of State
Changed political system, no more elections behind closed doors
Force of personality and power of leadership led to rise to national prominence
First president from the west, frontier aristocrat, slave owner
Election seen as rise of “peoples champion”
Wild inauguration, supporters flooded Washington, and wrecked White House
Conservatives saw this as the rise of the dreaded democratic mobIV. Old Hickory as President
Meanwhile in the South…..
1832 Bank War begins