Political Facts; A Text-Book of History; The Democratic and Other Parties, Men and Measures

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 114 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... enacted there. And thus it was that many a worthy man, John Adams included, had a horror of anything that savored of Democracy. But the country had no such fears, and Jefferson and Burr were elected in 1800 by largo majorities. And in every succeeding presidential election until 1840 the Democratic candidates were victorious. The Federalists having elected John Adams in 1797 wero never afterwards in power, and having made .Opposition to the war with England in 1812 an issue, the termination of tho war, in a perfect blaze of glory at New Orleans, extinguished the par'y. And thus it was that during Monroe's administration, from 1816 to 1824, there was scarcely r.ny opposition to the Democratic party. It seems now strange to us to read tho history of those times. John C. Calhoun supporting and voting in 1816 for a tariff and denouncing disunion. Daniel Webster opposing the tariff in 1824, and advocating States Bights in 1814. Henry Clay and Webster opposing the United States bank, of which in after years they were tho especial champions. And, still stranger, tho right of disunion claimed by the New England States, and denied by the South. As this fact may be questioned, we will quote from Benton's Thirty Years in the Senate, vol. i, p. 94: "The doctrine of secession, or the right of a State or combination of States, to withdraw from the Union was born of that war--1812. It (the war) was repugnant to the New England States, and opposed by them, not by arms, but by argument, remonstrances and ref usal to vote supplies. They had the famous Hartford convention, to which the design of secession was imputed. * * * At the time of its first appearance, 1812, the right of secession was repulsed and repudiated by the democracy generally. The leading language in respect to i...

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