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The Election of 1828

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Section of Constitution


Article II  Section 2. Powers of the President  


and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in




Historical Context 


After the election of 1824, The Democratic Republicans called the election the “corrupt bargain” There is no evidence that Adams and Clay did anything “corrupt” But Clay went with Adams mainly because Adams supported Clay’s American System


 AJ felt that government should be run by common people - a democracy based on self-sufficient middle class with ideas formed by liberal education and a free press. All white men could now vote, and the increased voting rights allowed Jackson to be elected.




Class Connection 

Pesident Jackson instituted office rotation (called the Spoils system by his opponents). Jacksonians claimed that office rotation undercut the entrenched bureaucracy of Washington and let normal citizens participate in government. 


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