The Jacksonians first political action in Missouri was to limit federal judges’ terms in office and to make it harder for them to overturn state and congressional legislation. The Jacksonians second plan of attack was to remove John Adam’s supporter Judge David Todd from judiciary office. In this paper I will discuss the events that led to the impeachment trials of Judge David Todd as well as the outcome. I will also show how the political parties of the past used personal vendettas as political gain against their adversaries. President James Monroe picked David Todd in 1817 to head as territorial judge of Missouri.
The real goals of Jacksonian Democrats were not to protect the constitution, but to abolish the Whig party, and to sustain state’s rights in a democracy, rather than a federal government. The Jacksonian Democrats were benefitting from political democracy more than they were guarding it. Andrew Jackson himself was raised in Tennessee, and before his presidency, was a natural war hawk, which is shown through the Battle of New Orleans. His war-like instincts managed to affect his choices throughout his presidency. This was shown by his threats to bring the military into South Carolina after the nullification on his Tariff of Abomination (Document F).
Douglas encouraged the Kansas Nebraska scheme. This is because he needed the support of the South for the development of the Pacific railroad through the north of the country. This act would slice the territory of Nebraska into two territories, Kansas and Nebraska, and slavery would be decided by popular sovereignty. Through this system, Kansas would most likely become a slave state, and Nebraska, a free state. To carry out this plan, Douglas needed to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which forbid slavery above the 36 30’ line.
Ever active in politics, Lincoln served one term in Congress during the presidency of James K. Polk. He criticized the Mexican War and endorsed a resolution demanding that slavery be excluded from any territory gained as a result of the conflict. Despite his support of measures to supply troops, Lincoln's anti-war position stirred considerable opposition at home. During his campaign in 1858, Lincoln engaged in a series of debates with the Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas. He did not win election to the Senate but the Lincoln-Douglas debates spread his fame and publicized
He became an avid organizer in the Republican Party and declared his opposition to the expansion of slavery. In 1858 he ran for US Senator, against Stephen S Douglas. They set up a series of 7 public debates in order to gain popular support, and were more commonly known as the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Their main issues was slavery, and although Lincoln won in the long run, he didn’t gain enough popularity to become US Senator. Although he thought he was not qualified, in 1860 the Republican Party bitch nominated Lincoln for as the candidate for US presidency.
During the years that lead to the United States Civil War, the embroilment over slavery became not only a social controversy, but also a legal and political one. Supporters, and non-supporters of slavery each looked to the American constitution as well as the predominant culture of the time for direction in handling this matter. One person whom established their landmark works on this was Frederick Douglas, an emancipated slave, who fought relentlessly for the abolishment of slavery. In 1852, Frederick Douglas was allowed to speak his thoughts at the July 4th celebration. In his speech, he made it known that he despised the treatment of the Black slaves, as well as the irony and hypocrisy that followed.
Mr. Lincoln’s election was a regional election, one in which he carried no southern states. Pollard says that,” if the North was prepared to act in a mass of its power was irresistible; and the election of Mr. Lincoln plainly showed that it was prepared so to act and to carry out a sectional design.” Pollard is basically saying that it was the North who created such a sectional rift between northern and southern states and this is why the South planned on seceding. Not because of attacks on the institution of slavery, but because of the underwhelming lack of electoral votes given to the South. As you can see, after the war, there was a split amongst the reasons for secession, but no matter how southern sympathizers coat it, the main cause is
Vanessa AP US History Period 3 Mr. Catalinich 31 January 2012 Events in the 1850’s that Contributed to the Causes of the Civil War In order to get back their “property”, the South pushed Congress to pass the Fugitive Law of 1850 as a part of the Great Compromise that postponed war between the North and South for four years. The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was mostly aimed at the Northern States, requiring all citizens of America to find runaway slaves, regardless of their moral beliefs. The South viewed slaves not as human beings, but as property to be kept, sold, or even killed. It forced the North to become a part of the “slave system” even though they had clearly taken no part in any ownership. Those who tried to help slaves escape