The election of 1828

The election of 1828 - backwoodsman These attacks by the...

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The election of 1828.  The factionalism within the Republican ranks led to a split and the creation of two  parties—Jackson's Democratic Republicans (soon shortened to “Democrats”) and  Adams's National Republicans. Martin Van Buren of New York, who preferred rivalries  between parties to disputes within one party, masterminded the emergence of the  Democrats.  The campaign itself was less about issues than the character of the two candidates.  Jacksonians denounced Adams for being “an aristocrat” and for allegedly trying to  influence Russian policy by providing Tsar Alexander I with an American prostitute  during Adams's term as ambassador. Supporters of Adams vilified Jackson as a  murderer (he had fought several duels), an adulterer (he and his wife had mistakenly  married before her divorce from her first husband was final), and an illiterate 
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Unformatted text preview: backwoodsman. These attacks by the National Republicans did little to detract from Jackson's popularity. Ordinary Americans admired his leadership qualities and decisiveness; they preferred to remember Jackson the Indian fighter and hero of the Battle of New Orleans and forget about the important role Adams played in negotiating the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. Jackson also had clear political advantages. As a westerner, he had secure support from that part of the country, while the fact that he was a slave owner gave him strength in the South. Conversely, Adams was strong only in New England. Jackson was swept into office with 56 percent of the popular vote from a greatly expanded electorate....
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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