MANIFEST DESTINY AND ITS LEGACY
*President Harrison: elected in 1840 Webster and Clay planned on governing thru Harrison however Harrison contracted pneumonia and died after 4 weeks of being in office(shortest administration in the US history)
*John Tyler: Virginia gentleman he had left Jacksonian Democracy due to J's dictatorial tactics.
1.The Whig party was a catch all party& Tyler attracted Jacksonian states' righters
2.Tyler the democrat at heart was constantly at ends on every major issue w/the whig party, which was pro-bank, pro-protective tariff, and pro-internal improvements
JOHN TYLER: APRESIDENT WITHOUT A PARTY
*Whigs: strong nationalistic program
1.financial reform: pass law ending independent treasury system(which Tyler signed)
2.clay then tried to pass a bill for a "Fiscal Bank" which Tyler vetoed
3.then they tried to pass the "fiscal Corporation" which was also vetoed Tyler was disliked very much he was formally expelled from his party by a caucus of the Whig congressmen, effigies of him were burned, and his entire cabinet resigned as a body except for Sec.
of state, Webster
4.Whig tariff is also vetoed therefore they take out a feature which would have distributed revenue from land sales among the states. They put the tariff down to 32% and the bill was passed in 1842
A WAR OF WORDS WITH BRITAIN
*Br. Hated: minor reasons: 2 Anglo-American wars, pro-brit. Feds had died, br. Travelers wrote disdainfully of Amer. Culture where tobacco spitting, slave auctions and eye gouging was found. Major reasons: Amer. Was a lending nation(2 build canals& railroads) while Br. Was a borrowing nation. Creditor never popular w/debtor.
*Br. authors also upset since they were denied royalties since there was no American copyright law.
*When the Panic of 1837 Englishmen defaulted or repudiated their bonds.373
*Insurrection of 1837 erupts in Canada and Amer. Hoping...