Analysis Of George Douglas 's ' The Battle Of New Orleans ' Essay

1826 Words Apr 5th, 2016 8 Pages
The United States stands on the precipice of what is shaping up to be a historic election. Small talk these days rarely occurs without the mention of the election, and it begs the question of what the true measure of a presidential campaign is, no two candidates like Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln gave the people their answer. This pair of men shook the foundation of American politics during their times. One, the glittering hero of the Battle of New Orleans who truly stood for the populist themes of democracy, and the other, a no-name from Illinois who challenged Stephen Douglas, one of the fiercest Democrats of the time. Jackson secured the election of 1828 through the innovation of his campaign and the careful maintenance of the image the American people adored, coupled with John Quincy Adams’s own mistakes. Lincoln secured the election of 1860 through a campaign of contradictions; in securing the republican nomination, his team showed no reluctance to embrace the darker side of politics, yet when pining for president, it was the honest Abe image the American people remember that gave him the win. The division among his opponents, and Stephen Douglas’s futile, even crude, campaign attempts in the South also aided in Lincoln’s victory. Jackson and Lincoln both approached their presidencies with clever campaigns and a similar approach known as the “Just Folks” strategy, but it was Jackson who ran the superior presidential campaign, due to the notable difference between…

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