The Birth of Modern Politics

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There are thousands of years of history that have taken place. History is not like art(less subjective), but there is still plenty of room for speculation, criticism, and debate among historians, professors, as well as average citizens. However, not all these moments are documented, or done successfully specifically. Some of these moments end up becoming movies, books, or even historical fiction novels, but what about those fundamental moments that aren’t readily documented? In the book The Birth of Modern Politics Lynn Hudson Parsons claims that the 1828 election was momentous in the history of both political history, as well as our nation. Parsons not only discusses the behind the scenes of the first public election of 1828, but the …show more content…
Parson continues on by

discussing the presidential election of 1796, in which the first reference to republicanism

was made and that for the next half-century politicians strived to in fact discover what

this really meant to the American people. At this point in the book Parsons is specific in breaking down the first party system of the Federalists and Democratic Republicans. This crucial moment would later play in the election of 1828, as Jackson and Adams were different political parties. This is also one of the first political differences between Jackson and Adams discussed by Parson. In 1780, John Adams declared that “a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader…this in my opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest evil under our Constitution” (Modern Politics, 2009). On the flip side, we also learn about John Quincy Adams who like Jackson studied law. Unlike Jackson, however, Adams “hated the law or the practice of it” (Modern Politics, 2009). Adams spent most of his “spare time in Boston writing newspaper essays defending the Washington administration” (Modern Politics, 2009) while Jackson enjoyed “cock-fighting, slave-holding, and horse racing” (American Politics, 2009) in his.
As the reader continues on to Chapter 2 in The Birth of Modern Politics, Parsons contrasts Jackson and Adams political differences and accomplishments. One of Adams creditable accomplishments included President Monroe
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