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  • The Elections of 1824 & 1828
  • Vote for me, Andrew Jackson! I helped lead the fights during the War of 1812!
  • Vote for me, John Quincy Adams! I helped form treaties during the War of 1812!
  • Vote for me, Henry Clay! I was the leader of the War Hawks during the War of 1812!
  • Corrupt Bargains & House Elections
  • Hey, Adams, I'll make you a deal. I'll use my power as Speaker of the House to make you president if you make me secretary of state.
  • Okay, sounds good.
  • Democrats & Republicans
  • We are the Democrats! We want stronger state governments! Adams should not be re-elected! Vote Andrew Jackson!
  • We are the Republicans! We want a stronger central government! Adams is a great president! Vote for Adams!
  • During the Election of 1824, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, and John Quincy Adams all ran for president. They were called the "favorite sons", because they only got the support of their region. None of them won the majority of the electoral votes, so it went to the House to choose the president.
  • Elections & Mudslinging
  • Vote for me, Andrew Jackson! Adams wears ugly suits, unlike me, and he bargained his way into presidency last election!
  • When the election went to the House, Henry Clay convinced Adams to make him secretary of state, as long as Clay used his power as Speaker of the House to make Adams president. This was known as the "corrupt bargain", and cast a shadow over Adams' presidency
  • New Changes & Spoils
  • Thanks for the job, Andrew! And for letting me and everyone else on my farm to be able to vote for the first time!
  • Because of all the anger from Adam's election, parties started up again. Republicans wanted a strong central government, and Democrats wanted a strong state government.
  • Caucus Systems & Nominating Conventions
  • Let's change the voting system to a nominating convention
  • During the election of 1828, candidates used a new form of campaigning, mudslinging. Mudslinging is saying negative things about the other candidate to cast a shadow over them. Jackson ended up winning the election by a landslide, and instituted many changes.
  • Vote for me, John Quincy Adams! Jackson breaks the law all the time, and thinks it's ok because he doesn't get into trouble!
  • While Jackson was president, he made many changes. He made the government smaller, he made it so poor men could vote for the first time, he changed the voting system so the people chose candidates for elections, and replaced the ruling elite with common people, which turned out to be his friends.
  • No problem, buddy, thanks for voting for me, and being my friend through this all!
  • Because of Jackson, the US government became more democratic. Parties were formed again because of the elections of 1824 & 1828, and they marked the end of the Era of Good Feelings.
  • OK!
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