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John Quincy Adams, Growing Sectional Tension, and the Capitalist Commonwealth

  • Election of 1824: a major turning point in presidential elections b/c prior to 1824, electors (who selected the president in the electoral college) had been chosen by a variety of methods.
  • Many viewed outcome of election as a “corrupt bargain”
  • Adams supported the tariff on imported goods: The Tariff of 1828 was passed but immediately was controversial.
  • The tariff issue (in general) became a huge contentious sectional issue; Southerners, such as John C. Calhoun, especially detested the tariff, calling it the “tariff of abominations”
  • The growth of the cotton industry kept slavery intact

John Quincy Adams, Growing Sectional Tension, and the Capitalist Commonwealth

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Overview 0:08
  • The Election of 1824 1:17
    • State Legislatures
    • William H. Crawford
    • The Demise of the Caucus System
    • House of Representatives
    • Henry Clay as Secretary of State
    • Corrupt Bargain
  • John Quincy Faces Obstacles 7:05
    • Partisan Tensions Emerged
    • International Issues
    • Conflict with Georgia
  • The Controversial Tariff of 1828 9:29
    • Tariff on Imported Goods
    • Tariff of Abominations
    • A Huge Backlash in New England
  • Capitalism and the Commonwealth 10:55
    • Common-wealth
    • Abrupt Drop in Worldwide Prices
    • Business Cycle
  • Transportation Improvements 13:58
    • The Sale of Privately Owned Land
    • Marshall Court
    • First Railroad Lines
  • Transportation Innovations 16:24
    • Trade Ventures
    • Shipping Industry
    • James Watt
    • Robert Fulton and Robert Livingston
    • Turnpikes
    • Erie Canal Project
  • George Harvey's “Pittsford on the Erie Canal” in 1837 18:37
  • Erie Canal 18:53
  • Growth of U.S. Industry 20:14
    • Factory System
    • Eli Whitney
    • Changes in Corporate Law
    • Trade/Craft Unions
  • Commonwealth v. Hunt in 1842 26:32
    • Peaceful Unions
    • Labor Contracts
  • Cities Continue to Grow 28:09
    • Northerners
    • Agriculture and the Rise in Immigrants
    • Peculiar Institution
  • Effects of the Market Revolution 31:31
    • Isolated Lives
    • Women's Rights
    • Less Arranged Marriages
    • The Growth of the Cotton Industry
  • Example 1 34:18
  • Example 2 36:55
  • Example 3 39:18