The United States hoped to push the British out and take on their role. In this way, the Monroe Doctrine was a strategic proclamation for American betterment. Part II (387-406) 6. Compare and contrast the Presidential election of 1824 & 1828. The Presidential election of 1824 was fought between Andrew Jackson and John Adams. Jackson had received immense national support from the masses. It was clear that Jackson was going to win the election, but an unexpected turn of events took place. Henry Clay, who came in fourth out of the four candidates was eliminated. He didn’t want to give his support to Jackson because he knew it would hinder his own political dreams. So he stood in support of John Adams. Adams won the presidential election in 1824 against Andrew Jackson by collecting more electoral votes through the House of Representatives, even though Andrew Jackson initially gartered more votes. Adams did this with the help of Henry Clay, who had been eliminated from the presidential race as he came in fourth. By supporting Adams and making the House of Representatives vote for him to win, Adams placed Clay as his secretary of state. Clay figured this would help him win the election for the next term. This ordeal changed the face of political parties as soon after supporters of Jackson and Crawford united to form a new political party, Democratic Party, who was determined to get Jackson elected. The election of 1828 saw different results than the previous election. The Democratic Party strongly prepared for this election. They showed Jackson as “the man of the people” and they accused Adams of having several mistresses. One of their campaign slogans was “Vote for Andrew Jackson who can fight, not John Quincy Adams who can write.” The election of 1828 turned out different than the election of 1824 as Jackson had an astounding victory with 650,000 votes to 500,000 for Adams. 7. Complete the Visions of Freedom questions. a. In the painting, the candidate speaking and the audience that is listening is the dominantly white male population. This shows that elections and democracy are only extended to one group of people, which contradicts the whole idea of democracy as it is supposed to give everyone equal rights. We can also see that
the audience consists of both, wealthy and lower class people, which tells us that democracy was heavily based on one’s sex and race. b. Clothes can tell a lot about a person’s status. If a man was wealthy, he would wear suits and hats to look wealthy as they could afford it. The middle class generally wore coats when they had important matters, and the working class wore cheap clothing. Form the illustration, we can tell that the men wearing long coats and hats were of the upper class, maybe merchants or businessmen. Then we can see the people wearing white tunic tops with pants who could most likely be local artisans or farmers, the people of the middle class or the working class.
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