I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.
One of the biggest changes to American politics began during Jackson's 1828 campaign, the first presidential campaign to appeal directly to voters through a professional political organization.
After Jackson's defeat in the 1824, an energetic and creative coalition formed around him to get him elected. His supporters included skilled political organizers like Martin Van BurenA trusted colleague to Jackson and the 8th President of the United States., who worked to create a network of campaign committees, and organized rallies and other events on Jackson's behalf.
A group of newspaper editors and journalists spread Jackson's reform message and recruited supporters to this new group soon called the Democratic PartyThe party created in 1828 by Jackson and his supporters to mobilize constituents..
Over the next eight years, the coalition evolved into a political machine with activities running year-round as the party supported candidates in elections ranging from local contests to the presidency, and party newspapers kept the public informed about party events.
Jackson's actions as president spurred his adversaries in Congress to form the opposition Whig partyParty formed in the 1830s in opposition to the Democratic Party and Andrew Jackson. in 1834, leading to the two-party system that still exists today.
In December 1830, Andrew Jackson and his supporters established a newspaper in Washington, The Globe, and installed a loyal supporter, Francis P. Blair, as its editor.
In the first issue, the editor outlined the paper's purpose: "to dedicate this paper to the discussion and maintenance of the principles which brought General Jackson into office." As subscriptions poured in, the editor visited Jackson almost every day for information and direction.
The Globe became a crucial propaganda machine for Jackson as he battled Congress and the Bank of the United States in the coming years. The success of the paper cemented Jackson's total control of the Democratic Party - he was now head of the government and head of the party - something that would be commonplace in the future.