TS 185 - 208 - Did the Election of 1828 Represent a...

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Did the Election of 1828 Represent a Democratic Revolt of the People? - Jackson’s election to the presidency in 1828 began the era of the common man in which the mass of voters rose up and threw the elite leaders out of our nation’s capital. - Jackson’s forceful personality, compounded with his use of strong executive authority, engendered constant controversy in his 8 years in office - Founding Fathers fearful of strong executive authority b/c of British king The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz - o Looked like a distinguished old warrior, physical wreck o Jackson took care not to violate the accepted etiquette of presidential campaigning and appeal directly for the job o He gave lots of interviews, visited delegations, wrote letters for newspaper publication o Became more active when personal attacks on his character began o Positions on key issues were moderate and flexible o Tariff: supported “judicious” tariff, moderate o Internal improvements: supported distribution of surplus federal monies to the states for projects, supported national projects o Indians: removal was the only solution o Calls for “reform” o He said he’d exclude anyone who sought presidency from his cabinet o Limit president to singe term o Ban executive from appointing congressmen to civil posts o Stop corruption of government o Return American government to Jeffersonian first principles o His supporters built a sophisticated campaign
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o Coordinated activities at the local level
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