Agenda For March
This week we will wrap up moving WEST a the Native Americans and ten a few topic on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday a reflection page will be due at the end of the period in which each student will discuss the Chief Joseph Story. They will discuss their thoughts on whether moving West in the spirit of Manifest Destiny and taking the lands by force (and moving the Indians onto reservations) was Justifiable.
Thursday's and Friday's Topics: Slavery, Our Nations Capital
March 5 to March 9
Complete Edpuzzle on Jackson
and Lesson 14 in the IN DUE NOW!!!
Common Man and Contradictions: A Mock Trial of Andrew Jackson
The election of Andrew Jackson in 1828 marked a change in American politics. For the first time a presidential candidate had been elected from west of the Appalachian Mountains, marking an end to the streak held by wealthy eastern elitists. Jackson represented the emergence of a new middle-/working-class America. The war hero from the Battle of New Orleans who did not have a college education, chewed tobacco, and dueled with pistols to defend his wife’s honor reflected the ideals of the western portion of the United States. The appeal of Jackson to the ordinary man helped lead to the new period known as “the common man era.”
As president, Andrew Jackson embraced the role of protecting “common men”—his decisions in matters such as the rotation of office holders can be argued as being in their interest. By limiting a federal office holder’s tenure to one term, Jackson could make room for another deserving candidate, promoting the concept that one man is just as good another. However, some might argue that rotating office holders left room for government corruption, as party loyalty played an important role in the replacement of office holders from previous administrations.
President Jackson’s title as “the common man president” often detracts students from looking further into his decision-making to unveil contradictions.
The question we must ask is to what extent was Andrew Jackson truly a common man? Was he a reflection of the new democracy emerging in the country?
How might he have influenced this new ideology himself? How do we measure Jacksonian Democracy in light of his treatment of groups such as Native Americans?
Through participation in a mock trial of Andrew Jackson, we will analyze primary sources and participate in role-playing activities in an effort to lead them to an informed decision of whether or not Andrew Jackson was truly representative of “the common man.”