1828, Andrew Jackson Defeats John Quincy Adams: The Two-Party System – Guest Essayist: Professor Mark Cheathem

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Andrew Jackson’s defeat of John Quincy Adams in the 1828 presidential election has often been heralded as the beginning of the second American party system. While historians today offer a more complicated interpretation of the two-party system that emerged in the 1820s and 1830s, the 1828 contest between Jackson and Adams was unquestionably a pivotal turning point in American political history.

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