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Two Party System. #APUSH. Learning Goal : Students will be able to describe the typical Whig voter in the 1840s. 2 Party System. Era of Good Feelings Ends w/ Return to 2 Parties Whigs led by Henry Clay (Hamiltonians) Democrats led by Andrew Jackson (Jeffersonians) Political Challenges:

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Two party system

Two Party System

#APUSH

Learning Goal: Students will be able to describe the typical Whig voter in the 1840s


2 party system
2 Party System

  • Era of Good Feelings Ends w/ Return to 2 Parties

  • Whigs led by Henry Clay (Hamiltonians)

  • Democrats led by Andrew Jackson (Jeffersonians)

  • Political Challenges:

    • A) Westward Expansion / Manifest Destiny

    • B) Industrial Economy / Industrial Revolution



Election of 1836
Election of 1836

  • AJ nominated Martin Van Buren (who oversaw Trail of Tears)

  • Whigs nominated THREE candidates from 3 different regions

  • Why? Whigs hoped no one would win required votes and it would go to the H or Reps (where each state had 1 vote)

  • Strategy failed, MVB is the new POTUS


Panic of 1837
Panic of 1837

  • Banks closed in rapid succession, Unemployment rose, banks called in loans…

  • Why? AJ’s opposition to Bank

  • Whigs  blamed Democrats

  • MVB opposed federal intervention in the Panic, JUST LIKE Pres. Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression. It cost BOTH men the next election

  • MVB and HH opposite of Barack Obama


Inebriated campaign of 1840
Inebriated Campaign of 1840

  • Whigs looked poised to win the election

  • Had a solid candidate in William Henry Tippecanoe Harrison (war hero)

  • Called “Log Cabin Campaign” and “Hard Cider” Campaign

  • Whig Party passed out WHH’s favorite drink to voters / also used image of log cabin to symbolize WHH’s humble origins

  • Whigs ripped MVB as an aristocrat who liked fine wines



Short lived success
Short Lived Success

  • WHH died less than a month after taking over

  • John Tyler becomes first VP to succeed Pres. (dubbed “His Accidency”)

  • Tyler was the anti-Whig (lol)

  • He vetoed Whig national bank bills, favored expansionism and Democratic positions



Homework for tonight
Homework for Tonight

  • Begin Preparing for the Exam:

  • Make sure you are solid on the following topics:

    • Common man

    • Spoils System

    • 2 Party System

    • Corrupt Bargain

    • Henry Clay

    • Jacksonian Democrats

    • Election of 1824, 1828, 1836, 1840, 1844