Section 1: The Rise of Popular Politics, 1820-1828
Was there a necessary connection between the growth of democracy and the emergence of political parties? Explain your answer. The connection among the growth of a Democracy and the Political Parties was that the emergence of political parties shaped the growth of Democracy by encouraging party competition, public debate over key issues impacting the nation, and general interest by white male voters in the election process. Under the smart management of Van Buren, the Democratic Party political organization emerged. It stood for liberty and equality, and supported the cause of every man. The rise of parties increased voters. Parties now reached out to voters through an active system of employment. The explosion of political parties allowed for diverse voting choice, leading to a more democratic political process.
How do you explain John Quincy Adams’s great success as secretary of state and his relative lack of success as president? As secretary of state, Adams’s conservative values and rigid morals were adjust with that earlier era without prejudices of politics. He achieved great diplomatic successes, such as acquiring Florida from the Spanish through the Adams-Onis Treaty. As president, Adams’s political style was out of date because the way he thought was different from it’s current time. He ignored his lack of popularity and the hostility of many others in power, and supported Indian land rights and the Tariff of Abomination (1828). The most far-reaching battle of the Adams administration during his presidency came over tariffs, like Tariff of 1824 that protected industrialists in New England and Pennsylvania against imports of more expensive woolen, cotton textiles, and iron goods.
Section 2: The Jacksonian Presidency, 1829-1837
What were Andrew Jackson’s policies on banking and tariffs? Did they help or hurt the American economy? Why? Andrew Jackson wanted