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Age of Jackson/Crash Course US History #14

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Age of Jackson/Crash Course US History #14


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In this video from PBSLearningMedia, John Green teaches students about the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Jackson's election was more democratic than any previous presidential election. More people were able to vote, and they picked a doozie. Jackson was a well-known war hero, and he was elected over his longtime political enemy, John Quincy Adams. Once Jackson was in office, he did more to expand executive power than any of the previous occupants of the White House. He used armed troops to collect taxes, refused to enforce legislation and supreme court legislation, and hired and fired his staff based on support in elections. He was also the first president to regularly wield the presidential veto as a political tool. Was he a good president? Watch this video and draw your own conclusions.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 10
United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
10 ) Analyze key ideas of Jacksonian Democracy for their impact on political participation, political parties, and constitutional government. [A.1.a., A.1.c., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.g., A.1.i., A.1.j.]

•  Explaining the spoils system, nullification, extension of voting rights, the Indian Removal Act, and the common man ideal
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Analyze the concepts and ideals of Jacksonian Democracy and evaluate the social and political impact they have had on the United States.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Analyze
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • ideals
  • concepts
Students know:
  • Key ideas of Jacksonian Democracy and their impact on political participation, political parties, and constitutional government.
  • Reasons for and impact of extension of voting rights during the Jackson presidency.
  • Reasons for, controversy surrounding, and impact of the Indian Removal Act the common man ideal.
  • Vocabulary: spoils system, nullification
Students are able to:
  • Use primary sources and graphic organizers to analyze and examine key ideas of Jacksonian Democracy.
  • Utilize maps for historical understandings.
Students understand that:
  • There are important concepts and ideals related to Jacksonian Democracy and these have had an impact on the United States.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.10.10- Recognize the positive and negative ideas of Jacksonian Democracy and identify examples, including the expansion of voting rights.

Tags: Andrew Jackson, Indian Removal Act, John Quincy Adams, nullification
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Author: Ginger Boyd