Whigs and Democrats
Lecture no. 30 from the course: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Gary W. Gallagher and 2 others | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The Whigs were committed to economic dynamism, social moralism, and national union. Jackson's Democrats thought of freedom as the privilege to be wealthy, and that liberty was a negative, not positive, idea. Blaming Martin van Buren for the depression, voters elected William Henry Harrison as the first Whig president. But Harrison died a month after inauguration; his vice president, John Tyler, was an old-line Democrat who promptly reinstalled the Jackson agenda.