There may not be a more controversial American from “The Growing Nation” era (or any era) than Andrew Jackson. He has a state capitol named for him, countless statues created in his honor (including one across the street from the White House), and is featured on the $20 bill – for now. He is also despised by Native Americans today, became wealthy through slavery, and is being removed from one of our most common paper currencies. Jackson’s shifting legacy is one that we can look at (on the surface) as we examine the antebellum era. This leads to our target – I can present and assess the era of Andrew Jackson in both positive and negative terms.
To begin an examination of Andrew Jackson, check out the introduction of Jackson’s presidency below, and then it is time to dig in. Using your Jackson handout, take detailed notes on observations of historians as well as the major events of his Presidency to get an overall view of the 7th President – and to hit the target!
- Jacksonian Democracy – article and video from The History Channel, link from ushistory.org, Rise of the Common Man from ushistory.org
- Jackson and the Bank War – article and video from The History Channel
- Indian Removal – article and video (first part) from The History Channel, short video from The Story of Us about the Trail of Tears
- The Nullification Crisis – video from The History Channel , link from ushistory.org, a video from a better teacher than Taft
- Jackson and Slavery – Andrew Jackson’s Enslaved Laborers from the Hermitage
- Jackson’s Legacy – Various assessments from historians and groups / Impact and Legacy from the Miller Center
- ONE WORD (or short phrase) that represents President Andrew Jackson – but no repeats!
- ONE SENTENCE that explains your opinion (celebrate or denounce) President Jackson, including your specific reason or thesis
- ONE QUESTION that you want answered about the presidency of Andrew Jackson and his legacy