About This Chapter
In this day and age, it's not too hard to imagine that a president will get re-elected for a second term. This hasn't always been the case; in the 1800s the people weren't so easy to convince. Take John Quincy Adams, for example. Why was he a one-term president? Well, our lesson on the 1824 election will show you why. See how a bit of controversy ruined Adams' otherwise stellar presidency.
Think dirty politics are something new? Think again! Watch our lesson on President Andrew Jackson and the Age of the Common Man. See how the election of 1828 was filled with dirty tactics. Learn more about President Jackson in our lesson on the rise of executive power. Find out how he came up against the Whig party and see what he did to strengthen his own executive power.
As opposing viewpoints began to rise and states began to fight for their rights, tension was increasing between the different areas of the country. See how states' rights brought conflict over land and tariffs. Also take a look at confrontations in the Senate and a second Nullification Crisis.
Jacksonian America saw many things happen that changed the country. Let our lessons teach you about the financial panic of 1837. See how President Jackson played a role as he fought to close the Bank of the United States. Also learn about Jackson's role in moving the Native Americans from their homes in the east to the west as part of his Indian Removal Act of 1830. Take a look at the Trail of Tears and learn more about how this devastated the native people.
See what others thought of Jackson by looking at Democracy in America. This book was written by a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville. Find out what he observed and thought of America during the Jackson era.
What came next for America? We have a lesson that gives you a glimpse into those presidents that followed Jackson. Learn about Martin Van Buren's presidency and take a look into William Henry Harrison's short term.
1. President John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1824
The election of 1824 and its candidates played a huge role in the election of John Quincy Adams as president. In this lesson, look at the dramatic turn in presidential politics and the not-so-remarkable presidency of this public servant.
2. President Andrew Jackson and the Age of the Common Man
In this lesson, we will explore the dirty politics of the 1828 election and the Age of the Common Man in American politics. Discover how this election changed American politics forever.
3. Andrew Jackson vs. the Whig Party: Rise of Executive Power
In this lesson, we will discuss how Andrew Jackson's administration strengthened executive power as well as the rise of the Whig Party in opposition to Jackson and his policies.
4. Regional Conflict in America: Debate Over States' Rights
In this lesson, we will explore sectional tensions that emerged between the West, North, and South over land and tariffs, leading to confrontations in the Senate and a second nullification crisis.
5. Jacksonian America: Bank of the United States and the Panic of 1837
In this lesson, we will discuss President Andrew Jackson's economic policies, including his determination to close the Bank of the United States and the financial panic of 1837.
6. The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830
In this lesson, we'll discuss Jackson's forced removal of Native Americans from their land in the east to new territory west of the Mississippi River.
7. Primary Source: The Indian Removal Act of 1830
The young American government did not consider Native Americans to be citizens and forcibly moved them off of new areas for white settlement. This led to outright conflict with many tribes throughout the 1800s.
8. Primary Source: Letter from Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation
During Andrew Jackson's presidency, systematic efforts to relocate Native Americans westward created significant strife. Some chiefs agreed to relocation, while others chose to fight against the American government.
9. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
In this lesson, we'll learn about Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who wrote a book about his observations of American society during the Jackson era.
10. Presidents Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison
Watch this lesson to learn about Martin Van Buren's administration (1837-1841), the elections of 1836 and 1840, and the short-lived presidency of William Henry Harrison.
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Other chapters within the History 103: US History I course
- First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE)
- Settling North America (1497-1732)
- The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)
- The American Revolution (1775-1783)
- The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)
- The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825)
- Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)
- Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)
- Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)
- American Civil War (1861-1865)
- Reconstruction (1865-1877)
- Studying for History 103