Jacksonian Democracy and Indian Removal

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Introduce a study of the presidency of Andrew Jackson with a lesson that uses video clips, primary source documents, group activities, and debates to examine Jackson's early life and career. The lesson focuses on the 1828 election and events of his presidency, including the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Slow down the pace and extend the lesson over several days
Classroom Considerations
  • A link to a similar lesson designed for AP level classes is provided below
  • The resource assumes class members have previous knowledge of Jackson's role in the War of 1812 and the battles of Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans
  • The 20-page packet includes background information for instructors, links to primary source documents, a PowerPoint presentation, the cartoon assignment, and a rubric
  • Instructors must provide their own transcripts of the primary source documents