Andrew Jackson Election Dbq

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The election of 1828 tested the powers of the two major factions in the Democratic-Republican Party. At the time of the election Adams was still President and was taking the same stance that they had when he won the first time. His approach was “standing for office” he believed that if his country wanted his services then it must stand up for it and ask. Andrew Jackson however had a different approach because they deeply distrusted political leaders and Jackson was the first President to actually “run” for President. Today running for President is a word that is not unknown because all candidates do that. To run for President Jackson went directly to the people, the voters. Jackson did so with the intent of restoring the voice of the people to the election process. Because of this his election that year can be read as a triumph of democratic politics.
On the day that President Jacksons went to the Capitol for his inauguration crowds of ordinary citizens had gathered. After he read a brief inaugural address and took to his horse to ride through the crowds to the White House the crowd turned into a mob of screaming, fighting, and romping people. Jacksons and his supporters viewed this mob as a symbol of a new democratic spirit. Andrew Jackson was not the only major figure disturbed by the state of national politics after the election of 1824. Martin Van Buren a United States Senator from New York was also disappointed by the election. Van Buren was a political genius and was not in favor of Jackson’s views (his nickname was "Little Magician") and he believed that the war hero Andrew Jackson was the perfect candidate around which to build this alliance. Van Buren's first tried to convince southern leaders to support the candidacy of Jackson and he had little trouble with this. To complete the coalition, Senator Van Buren and his ally in the House of Representatives crafted a piece of tariff legislation aimed at pulling voters from middle states like New York, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky into their camp. This was no easy task since tariffs were highly controversial.
In 1830 Congress passed four internal improvement bills with support from National Republicans. President Jackson vetoed each one of these bills and claimed that the voice of the people demanded careful spending. The frontier supporters were not pleased with this but it did please the southern constituency. Southern congressmen were hoping that Jackson would reverse course and reduce the Tariff of Abomination. But large numbers of producers in the middle part of the country wanted tariff protection for their goods including flax, hemp, distilled liquor, iron, and molasses, all of which could benefit from decreased international competition. The tariff crisis escalated in the fall of 1832 just before Jackson would face reelection.

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