The Importance Of Opposition To Andrew Jackson

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The alliance around Adams and Clay came to form the opposition Whig Party in the 1830s. The Whigs assembled in opposition to Andrew Jackson and believed the federal government should direct and sponsor internal improvements, pass laws to promote agriculture, manufacturing, and the arts, and create a national bank to help develop the economy and spread prosperity across the country. They viewed the market revolution as the embodiment of civilized progress and that a robust federal government enhanced freedom. Democrats under Jackson reduced spending, lowered the tariff, killed the national bank, and refused federal aid for internal improvements. Consequently, states replaced the federal government as main economic players, much to the ire of
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