The Elections of 1824 and 1828

The Elections of 1824 and 1828
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  • The Election
  • Jackson for President!
  • Vote for Clay!
  • Choose Adams!
  • The Results
  • Gentlemen, I'm afraid not one of you has earned enough electoral votes to become the new president.
  • So the vote will go to the House of Representatives?
  • Yes.
  • The Corrupt Bargain
  • Adams, I can use my influence as Speaker of the House to convince the House of Representatives to select you as our next president.
  • I would appreciate that very much. In return, I will make you my Secretary of State.
  • In the elections of 1824, four candidates ran for the office of president. These four men were Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and William H. Crawford. Jackson was the favorite to win the presidency.
  • Adams Wins!
  • I have won the election and become president! My thanks to you, Mr. Clay.
  • Although Jackson won the popular vote and earned the most electoral votes, he did not manage to win the majority (50% or more) of the electoral votes. This meant that the vote would be decided by the House of Representatives.
  • Jackson's Revenge
  • I have finally avenged my loss last term to that cheater Adams.
  • Clay used his position as Speaker of the House to convince the House of Representatives to elect Adams as the new president, since he disliked Jackson. Clay and Adams made a deal called the "corrupt bargain," where Adams agreed to make Clay his Secretary of State if Clay would persuade the House of Representatives to vote for Adams.
  • Summary
  • Congratulations, Mr. Jackson.
  • Due to his deal with Clay, Adams became the new president. Andrew Jackson was extremely angered by this event, especially since Adams had only won because of his deal with Clay. Jackson spread the word that Adams had become president by means of a "corrupt bargain," making Adams a very unpopular president.
  • I have been cheated out of my presidency! I will spread the word that Clay and Adams made a bargain so that I would not become president.
  • In 1828, Jackson once again ran for the office for president. This time, he beat Adams by a landslide. Jackson took office in 1828 with his vice-president John C. Calhoun. During his presidency, Jackson made politics more democratic and instituted the "Tariff of Abominations."
  • Congratulations, Andrew. Without a doubt, you were the one destined to win this year. Adams' popularity has declined ever since his 1824 election.
  • The elections of 1824 and 1828 brought forth many changes in American politics. Firstly, political campaigns began to focus on personalities, not issues. "Mudslinging" became common. Secondly, American politics became more democratic, due to greater involvement by the citizens of the U.S.
  • Thank you.
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