John Quincy Adams and John C. Calhoun

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Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing President Jackson to gain insight on his perspective of the events during his presidential career. I was honored to have had this opportunity and I was able to understand how the President thought during those moments in our nation’s history. I have experienced his intelligence, his patriotism, and his eloquence. He responded to my questions with well-thought answers that I’m sure readers will enjoy, whether they support the President or not. We looked into topics such as his victory in the 1828 election, the Corrupt Bargain, and his relation to the Trail of Tears. US History, AP: Hello President Jackson. It is my pleasure to speak with you today. I am hoping to look back through some of the most important aspects of your presidential career and ask for insight from you. Please feel free to give detailed and comprehensive answers. You can feel at ease to speak openly with me about the events and your opinions regarding them. For my first question, relate how important you feel the Battle of New Orleans was in setting up your future political career. In your answer, please include your reaction to the fact the battle occurred after the War of 1812 had officially ended. Jackson: Thank you for having me. The Battle of New Orleans was the biggest factor that allowed me to serve the country. I helped boost our country’s confidence by using swift measures to complete the task of avoiding the British’s grasp of New Orleans. The fact that our troops killed over 2000 British men served as an image of our newfound strength as a whole. This new image of our nation allowed us to negotiate with Spain, Mexico, and Britain later.

US History, AP: Please explain the Corrupt Bargain from your point of view. Jackson: In my opinion the Corrupt Bargain and the election of 1824 clearly demonstrated how the government and the officials make their decisions that would affect the entire nation as a whole. The speaker of the House of...
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