Strategy & Tactics Briefing Room Strategy & Tactics Issue 329

The “Corrupt Bargain”

Presidential Election of 1824

By Patrick S. Baker

The 1824 United States Presidential election was arguably the most contentious and divisive in history, at least until the presidential elections of 2000 and 2020. This anger over the election was singularly ironic as all the candidates claimed membership in a single political party, the Democratic-Republicans, the only national party at the time.


The Era of Good Feelings (1815–1825), which started with the end of the War of 1812 and concluded with the election of John Quincy Adams as president, was a period in the political history of the United States that was marked by a new sense of a true nationality and of general-purpose and unity among Americans. This is era was associated with the presidency of James Monroe. This time was also when the Federalist Party declined and disappeared, leaving Monroe’s Democratic-Republicans as the only surviving national political party. Nevertheless, many old Federalists, like John Quincy Adams, merely shed the Federalist party label—without abandoning the old faction’s ideas—and joined the Democratic-Republicans. Subsequently, some of the critical Federalist’s policies, such as the Tariff of 1816 and the incorporation of the Second Bank of the United States,

were adopted by Democratic-Republican administrations.

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The 1937 Shanghai-Nanking Campaign

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  • The 1937 Shanghai-Nanking Campaign: In the first battle of World War II, later described as “Stalingrad on the Yangtze,” the Japanese and Chinese fought a fierce and bloody campaign that presaged the next seven years.
  • The “Corrupt Bargain” Presidential Election of 1824: The 1824 United States presidential election was arguably the most contentious and divisive in history, at least until the presidential elections of 2000 and 2020, and the only election to be decided by contingent election in the House of Representatives.
  • Alexander and the Art of War The Battle of Gaugamela: Gaugamela (or Arbela) was the third major battle between Darius and Alexander. Darius wanted to end Alexander’s campaign; the place he chose was Gaugamela. Darius would not have his way, and Alexander would claim yet another victory.
  • The Jordanian Arab Legion and the Battle for Jerusalem 1948: The Jordanian Arab Legion was descended from the Arab Revolutionary Army that had, with Lawrence’s assistance, driven the Turks out during WWI. In 1948, the Arab Legion and Israeli forces fought for control of Jerusalem in the city and on the key approach at Latrun.

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