United States and American History: 1828

About the history of the United States in 1828, Webster's dictionary is published, the Democratic Party is established, the U.S.S. Constitution is saved and the "Tariff of Abominations" is passed in the south.


--Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language was published. Noah Webster, called the "father of his country's language," was born on an 80-acre farm west of Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Yale shortly after the Revolutionary War and soon declared his own revolution against the English in both language and the field of education. As a teacher, he found himself having to use books that had been written and published in England. For Americans to be truly independent, Webster reasoned, they must read American books.

Webster set about simplifying spelling for Americans with his American Spelling Book and later labored 20 years compiling his dictionary, which he wrote in longhand. This prolific writer was also a lawyer, historian, and publisher and the man responsible for America's copyright laws.

--The Democratic party was formed, advocating Jeffersonian principles (i.e., equality, and the end of special privilege). Ironically, the new party's 1st President was Andrew Jackson, a man whom Jefferson had called "dangerous" and "unfit for the Presidency."

--Popular sentiment and Oliver Wendell Holmes's poem "Old Ironsides," saved the U.S.S. Constitution from being scrapped. The famed battleship was rebuilt in 1833 and is today berthed in Boston Harbor.

May A tariff, called the "tariff of abominations" by the South, was passed. Some southerners continued to call for secession while others called for temperate opposition.

July 15 The Cherokee Phoenix, the 1st Indian newspaper in the country, expressed the attitude of the tribes toward leaving their lands: ". . . coercion alone will remove them to the western country allotted for the Indians."

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