The Presidential Election Results: Andrew Jackson: 178 electoral votes John Quincy Adams: 83 electoral votes
Andrew Jackson the "People's President"
Henry Clay makes a deal with John Quincy Adams in order to guarantee JQA the seat as president. They met and had secret meetings to discuss what they would each get of this bargain which JQA documented in his diary. Thanks to Henry Clay JQA won the election and Andrew Jackson lost.
The Spoils System
You're fired! You're fired! You're fired!!
Andrew Jackson's campaign tactic was to target the common man by advertising himself as one. He told the people that he was just like them and wanted to give not only the wealthy, but also to the common citizen.
Jackson's Kitchen Cabinet.
Hey Mom! I'm president now, you want a job?
Andrew Jackson told the people that he wanted to change America from RULE BY THE ELITE to RULE BY THE PEOPLE. So, to show the people he was serious about change he opened up the White House to the people so they could air their grievances. However, this got out of hand and the intoxicated citizens trashed the White House.
Nullification Crisis : 1828-1833
Us Carolinas are done! We want out!
As soon as Jackson became president he fired most of the federal employees and replaced them with his family members and people who supported him throughout his life and election. The Spoils System originated from the saying, "to the victor belongs the spoils."
Jackson used his power as president in order to appoint unofficial advisors he consulted other than the Cabinet. These people consisted of family members, financial supporters, friends, and fellow party membery got the job based on patronage rather than merit.
In 1832, South Carolina passed the Nullification Act that said that they didn't have to pay certain taxes and threatened to secede from the Union. Jackson, in response, passed the Force Bill that authorized him to use the military to enforce federal law. South Carolina backed down as soon as a lower tariff was passed in 1832.
Not for long! I have the Force Bill, you're going down!