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The Birth of Modern Politics by Lynn Hudson Parson
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Jul 18, 12

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Read from June 24 to July 18, 2012

The Birth of Modern Politics tracks the careers of Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams culminating in the election of 1828 where modern political practices were seen and a clear break from the election of 1800 was made. Factions as the founders believed parties to be were began in the election of 1800 and filtered on and off throughout the early part of the republic with Republicans of Jefferson on one side and Federalists of Andrew Hamilton on the other. In this election the modern practices of vote counting, advertising, party organization and mass fundraising were undertaken. The traditional view of the 1828 election comes from the supposed “corrupt bargain” in 1824 where John Quincy Adams was made president by the house and then Speaker of the House Henry Clay was made Vice President. The author largely dispels this myth and instead focuses on what came out of the 1824 election. That election changed and energized the populace to elect Andrew Jackson. This is a thoughtful political analysis that moves the history along in an organized and interesting way. Well worth the time and a great addition to the pivotal moments series.
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