AP US Andrew Jackson Essay

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Naomi Bracho
1) Describe and explain the growth of Mass Democracy in the 1820s.
Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John Q. Adams and William Crawford were the main candidates in the election of 1824. None of these candidates won the electoral votes. Henry Clay was eliminated from presidency but, he supported John Q. Adams due to his strong dislike towards Andrew Jackson. Adams agreed to make Clay the Secretary of the State because he helped John Q. Adams into presidency. The public felt as though there were a “corrupt bargain” due to the fact that Andrew Jackson had received the popular votes. During the Corrupt Bargain of 1824 two political parties were formed: National Republicans and Democratic Republicans. Adams and Clay were under the political party of the National Republicans and they gained support from the north. However, Andrew Jackson was a democratic republican and he gained support from the south. After running for president again, Andrew Jackson finally won and the rise of a democracy began. There were once again two political parties splitting the political views in America.

2) Indicate how the alleged corrupt bargain of 1824 and Adams unpopular presidency set the stage for Jackson’s election in 1828. In 1824, four strong contenders vied for the presidency: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, William Crawford, and Henry Clay. All the candidates were Democratic-Republicans, though each held sectional interests and very different views of the presidency. The electoral vote totals were divided, and no candidate received the necessary majority to become president. Jackson finished with 99 electoral votes, Adams with 84 votes, William Crawford with 41, and Henry Clay with 37. (Vice presidential contender John C. Calhoun received 182 votes, enough to become vice president, so his victory was never in question.) In accordance with the Twelfth Amendment, the election was thrown into the House of Representatives, whose members voted by a narrow margin to select Adams as president-despite the fact that Jackson had obtained the greater number of electoral and popular votes. Given his numbers, Jackson expected to win; however, Clay used his influence as Speaker of the House to persuade the legislative body to vote for Adams, with whom he shared a similar political ideology. After being elected by the House on the