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Westward Expansion and Regional Differenc10

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier WHIGS, DEMOCRATS, AND KNOW-NOTHINGS Jackson's political opponents, united by little more than a common opposition to him,  eventually coalesced into a common party called the Whigs, a British term signifying  opposition to Jackson’s “monarchial rule.” Although they organized soon after the  election campaign of 1832, it was more than a decade before they reconciled their  differences and were able to draw up a platform. Largely through the magnetism of  Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, the Whigs' most brilliant statesmen, the party solidified  its membership. But in the 1836 election, the Whigs were still too divided to unite behind  a single man.  New York's Martin Van Buren, Jackson's vice president, won the contest.
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Unformatted text preview: An economic depression and the larger-than-life personality of his predecessor obscured Van Buren's merits. His public acts aroused no enthusiasm, for he lacked the compelling qualities of leadership and the dramatic flair that had attended Jackson's every move. The election of 1840 found the country afflicted with hard times and low wages – and the Democrats on the defensive. The Whig candidate for president was William Henry Harrison of Ohio, vastly popular as a hero of conflicts with Native Americans and the War of 1812. He was promoted, like Jackson, as a representative of the democratic West. His vice presidential candidate was John Tyler – a Virginian whose views on states' rights and a low tariff were popular in the South. Harrison won a sweeping victory....
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