Reconstructing Race Relations: From slavery to segregation 1862-1900.

On the 22nd of September 1862 as the American Civil war raged onward, an American President set into motion a course of events that would cement, in the eyes of a few, a forced change in racial relations that would carry on well into the 20th century. Continue reading

Second Party System

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. In the early 19th century America necessity stepped into the political arena- thus the second party system was born.

With the panic of 1819 and the Missouri compromise fully underway, some American Republican grew leery. They saw their party as losing touch with what was best for the country and wished for a return to principles that had Jefferson had founded it upon. By the election of 1824 Jefferson’s Republican Party had basically collapsed. Different candidates, with alternative views struggled with each other for control of the party and the nation. This was especially evident in the election of 1824 when John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, William H. Crawford and Andrew Jackson ran for the office of President. When the election was over it was Jackson who had been assumed to have won since as our text points out “Jackson’s support was not only larger but also more nearly national than that of his opponents” (textbook, p 338). However, under electoral statute he fell just 32 votes shy of securing his win. There for it was up to the House of Representatives to choose between the three top candidates. Under what became know as the corrupt bargain it was John Quincy Adams that became president. Johnson, as any candidate would felt robbed. Our text states that “Although in the campaign he had made only vague policy statements, he had firm ideas of what had gone wrong with the republic” (textbook, p 339). Over the course of Adams presidency those firm ideals increased. The text goes on, “Like hundreds of thousand other Americans, Jackson sensed that something had gone wrong with the republic- that selfishness and intrigue had corrupted the government” (textbook, p 339). Continue reading

Weeks 1 & 2

Well folks, Week one and two have come and gone. Most of us are getting settled back into the routine of things once again. My sentiment is that vacation was soooooo not long enough. I don’t know what happened to it. All I know is that I am sitting here loathing Samual Jackson and a writer known as Boswell. Snooze… But I digress. School is one of those expensive luxuries that we put up with in order to posses a single piece of parchment with our names fancily printed on it. To get that paper we must attend some sort of activity for which I will be “trying” to explain this semester…. only I’ll be kind and break it down by class. Continue reading

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