The presidential campaign of 1828 has been widely and understandably characterized as the "dirtiest, coarsest, most vulgar" such contest in American History. Though president John Quincy Adams's strong commitment to active government as a means to national improvement in many spheres of life provided the basis for a serious if contentious exchange of views as he bid for reelection, most scholars agree that the campaign turned less on issues than on the Jacksonians' superior organization and propaganda. [excerpt]
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Birkner, Michael. (1983) The General, the Secretary and the President: An Episode in the Presidential Campaign of 1828. Tennessee Historical Quarterly 42:165-178.
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