John Quincy Adams' proposals indicate clearly that he achieved the presidency too late. His ideas were a strong statement of Federalism, but the 1820s was an age of states’ rights. His program would no doubt have pleased Alexander Hamilton; it included the following:
The Adams program encountered a dead-end in Congress where the Jacksonian forces were still smarting from the “ corrupt bargain ."
- maintaining a strong Bank of the United States
- funding a federal role in education
- strengthening of the army and navy
- establishing a naval academy
- protecting the rights of Native Americans
- funding scientific expeditions.
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