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The Seeds of Today
on December 21, 2016
The Birth of Modern Politics. Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 is a historical work that uncannily reflects issues we face today.
The 1828 election between the patrician John Quincy Adams and the backwoodsman Andrew Jackson was a defining moment. For instance political parties, which sputtered during the first years of the republic, were solidified. Even the seeds of a rudimentary kind of polling were planted in 1828.
Four years before, no candidate had enough electoral votes in the 1824 election. John Quincy Adams won through supposed collusion with the speaker of the House of Representatives, Henry Clay; here yet another seed of modern presidential politics was planted: conspiracy theory, paranoia, and personal attack.
The rematch of 1828 was mainly about the personal qualifications and fitness for office of each candidate. In other words, it was not about much at all expect demagoguery, misinformation, and sheer rank emotion