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The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 Thepresidential election, which pitted Major General Andrew Jackson against incumbent John Quincy Adams, has long been hailed as a watershed moment in American political history It was the contest in which an unlettered, hot tempered southwestern frontiersman, trumpeted by his supporters as a genuine man of the people, soundly defeated a New England aristocrat whose education and political resume were as impressive as any ever seen in American public life It was, many historians have argued, the country s first truly democratic presidential election It was also the election that opened a Pandora s box of campaign tactics, including coordinated media, get out the vote efforts, fund raising, organized rallies, opinion polling, campaign paraphernalia, ethnic voting blocs, opposition research, and smear tacticsIn The Birth of Modern Politics, Parsons shows that the Adams Jackson contest also began a national debate that is eerily contemporary, pitting those whose cultural, social, and economic values were rooted in community action for the common good against those who believed the common good was best served by giving individuals as much freedom as possible to promote their own interests The book offers fresh and illuminating portraits of both Adams and Jackson and reveals how, despite their vastly different backgrounds, they had started out with many of the same values, admired one another, and had often been allies in common causes But by , caught up in a shifting political landscape, they were plunged into a competition that separated them decisively from the Founding Fathers era and ushered in a style of politics that is still with us today


10 thoughts on “The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828

  1. Elaine Nelson Elaine Nelson says:

    Fascinating stuffonce again I find myself musing that perhaps we should ve just let the South go.


  2. Joshua Joshua says:

    Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams have always been two of theinteresting historical figures in american history Jackson is a man that should be celebrated on one hand, and villanized on the other John Q is also fascinating as he was a brilliant man who really accomplished nothing of any value during his four years as President Parsons does a very unique job weaving the seams of this sto


  3. Joshua Joshua says:

    The election of 1828 is historically significant for several reasons It is the first election in the republic in which the idea of the mute tribune and the virtue of presidential candidates feigning disinterest in the position disappeared It is the first election in which the Popular vote truly mattered and only the second in which it was even recorded Third, and finally, it was the first e


  4. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    At times very interesting and at times very dry, The Birth of Modern Politics provides an accounting the 1828 election between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, and it s impact on future Presidential elections Prior to this election Presidents feigned disinterest in the office and reluctantly accepted the nomination out of duty But this election, in which party politics emerged for the f


  5. Ilana Ilana says:

    There are better books on this topic I am sure I remained unconvinced on whether this was birth of modern politics, but it does make clear how crazy the electoral colleague is


  6. Brian Brian says:

    This book was a compelling enough read because the history of our current political system is fairly interesting and relevant Many historians point to this election in 1928 between incumbent, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson as the first to employ the modern political machine we know of today from organized political parties factions to the use to polls, campaign propaganda and a mobilized


  7. Robert Owen Robert Owen says:

    Lynn Parson s The Birth of Modern Politics is a succinct telling of Andrew Jackson s presidency and the fundamental changes in American politics that it produced Although in the modern imagination the original founding fathers are seen as visionary rebels dedicated to the ideal of a republic governed by the people , the reality is that as a group they were patrician gentlemen who took their qua


  8. Don Don says:

    A well researched, interesting book on how presidential campaigning arrived Very entertaining in parts Andrew Jackson was mostly just crazy, John Quincy Adams was mostly a cardboard cutout , but the strange part is that much of it sounds like it could have been written about today s campaigning which is pretty sad.


  9. Adam Yoshida Adam Yoshida says:

    A Solid, If Bare Bones SummaryThis work provides a solid summary of the events and personalities surrounding the 1828 Presidential election It s certainly well written, though I m not sure that it adds much that wouldn t be found in biographies of either General Jackson or JQ Adams.


  10. John Jenkins John Jenkins says:

    Mr Parsons supports his thesis that the United States presidential election of 1828 definitively marked a transition in American politics Prior to this election, men became presidents by playing the role of the Mute Tribune The 1828 election was the first with organized campaigns that featured exaggerated claims about both the favored candidates and their opponents, and this transition has continu


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