SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1039: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1039

2. Who accused John Quincy Adams of making a "corrupt bargain"?

A. Henry Clay
B. Daniel Webster
C. William Crawford
D. Andrew Jackson
E. James Monroe

Correct Answer: D


The controversy arose when the election of 1824 was thrown into the House of Representatives because neither Jackson, Adams, nor Crawford had a majority of electoral votes. Jackson thought he deserved to be president and accused Clay and Adams of making a deal: Clay would support Adams for president if Adams would appoint Clay Secretary of State. Webster and Clay favored Adams. Crawford had had a stroke, and Monroe is never mentioned in this controversy.

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