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  1. The Jacksonian Era Martin Van Buren The Depression of 1837 The Whig Party The Log Cabin Campaign Tocqueville The Second Great Awakening

  2. Party Politics • Whig Party: Leader Henry Clay • Opposition to Jackson in 1832 • Strong in 1836: National, high tariff, internal • improvements, BUS, promote econ growth, • North and West, merchants, Protestant • Anti-Masonic Party: fear of elite • First 3rd Party, first national convention • Van Buren: Most skilled party politician • “Albany Regency,” Democratic machine

  3. Henry Clay of Kentucky Senator, and Whig Leader“The Great Compromiser”

  4. Van Buren 1837-1841 • Van Buren presidency • Panic of 1837 • Democrats: laissez fair approach • Whigs: offer economic plan • Log Cabin Campaign • Henry Harrison and John Tyler: • “Tippecanoe and Tyler too!” • Tecumseh’s curse

  5. Martin Van Buren: 1837-1841“The Little Fox”

  6. William Henry Harrison: 1840“Tippecanoe”

  7. Log Cabin Campaign 1840

  8. Harrison’s Log Cabin

  9. Tocqueville: 1831 & 1832“Democracy in America”

  10. Jacksonian Era Culture • Alex de Tocqueville: America is… • Egalitarian, Religious, Energetic, Money, • Local government, independent, associations • Women isolated, slavery • The Second Great Awakening: • Lyman Beecher and Charles Finney • Turn away from strict Calvinism • Christianity of the heart, free will, emotion • Political change, utopianism