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How did Andrew Jackson's policies contribute to the rise of the rival Whig party?

Andrew Jackson's policies contributed to the rise of the Whig Party because that party was essentially an anti-Jackson coalition. The party chose this name because Whigs were the English party...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2012 5:12 pm UTC

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What factors led to the rise of the Whig Party? 

Let us look at three factors that helped the Whig Party to rise in the late 1820s and early 1830s. First, there was the fact that the Federalist Party had died almost two decades previous and had...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 1:35 pm UTC

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Explain the key differences between Democrats and Whigs and their bases of support.

The major difference between the two parties at first was the fact that the Democrats supported Pres. Andrew Jackson while the Whigs formed specifically to oppose him. This was really all that...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 11:20 pm UTC

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How is the Whig Party and Jackson similar?

Andrew Jackson and the Whig party were about as dissimilar as one can imagine; in fact the Whig party was organized in opposition to Jackson's policies. Jackson created a great deal of opposition,...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 7:59 am UTC

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Why did the Whig party split?

The Whig Party split over the issue of slavery. By the 1840s, slavery was starting to become the key national issue. It permeated nearly every part of the national agenda. Whigs claimed that...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018 1:25 am UTC

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How did the beliefs and policies of the Whig Party contain the seeds of its political future?

The Whig Party was started in 1846 and was comprised of people who were reacting against the policies of President Andrew Jackson, who tried to use his power to make the presidency more...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2009 7:24 am UTC

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What is a Whig?

A Whig is either a member of the 19th century American political party, or a a member of a British political party that originated in the 17th century. In the United States, the Whigs were active...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016 8:24 pm UTC

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What were the beliefs of the Whig Party in the election of 1840?

In the presidential election of 1840, the Whigs essentially had very little in the way of beliefs. As one book (America: A Narrative History, by Tindall and Shi, 5th Ed. p. 480) says, "The Whigs...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 6:21 pm UTC

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Why were the Whigs successful in capturing the presidency in 1840? Aside from tapping a war hero, were there other...

The superficiality of the election has been pointed out by both previous posters. The campaign's romanticizing Harrison and his "cider" penchants and his depiction as being of the common man was...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010 8:42 pm UTC

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What specific person made the Whig party in America?

There was no one single person who is associated with putting the Whig Party together. Some of its leaders in its earliest days were Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams. Oddly enough, the person who...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012 10:59 am UTC

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Was Henry Clay the main leader of the Whigs?

Political parties in the United States do not have any one official leader. In addition, the person who is generally seen as the leader of the party can change over time. That said, Henry Clay...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 9:16 am UTC

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