Introduction: Following the Era of Good Feelings, the Democratic-Republican Party began to break apart over sectional issues, beginning in the election of 1824 between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams
Introduction: Following the Era of Good Feelings, the Democratic-Republican Party began to break apart over sectional issues, beginning in the election of 1824 between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams.
In this Election, a tie between Jackson and Adams sent the final decision to the House of Representatives, led by Speaker of the House Henry Clay. Clay provided his support to Adams, who then named him Secretary of State, the stepping-stone to the Presidency. Jackson declared this a Corrupt Bargain and spent the following four years ensuring Adams served as a one-term president.
With Jackson’s election in 1828, he brought to the White House a powerful, centralized and polarizing figure, ushering in the Age of the Common Man and launching a campaign to exercise his great power as President.
Through the Nullification Crisis, Jackson showed the Federal Government would continue to trump State Government. In the Indian Removal Act, Jackson won the support of the South and West moving Indians west despite the Supreme Court’s opposition. In the Bank War, Jackson set the nation up for an economic catastrophe, yet weakened the Financial Power of the North to the excitement of the South and West. However, Jackson’s presidency, though controversial, greatly expanded the power of the Presidency but set the stage for his successors greatest challenges of Westward expansion, Indian affairs and Southern unhappiness at growing strength of the Federal Government.