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Jacksonian Democracy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Instructors teaching this chapter start by discussing the end of the Virginia Dynasty and Jackson's rise to power on a wave of populism. You can also explore the aggressive maneuvers Jackson took to expand the reach of his presidential powers and stubbornly defend his political stances. The enemies he created and the effects of his decisions on successors are covered as well. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with the following:
- The 'corrupt bargain' and John Quincy Adams' election to the presidency
- Jackson's response to sectional conflicts and the national bank
- The removal of indigenous Americans on the Trail of Tears
- Administrations of Adams, Van Buren and Harrison
|President John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1824||Explains how a vote by the House of Representatives decided the winner of the 1824 presidential election. Provides a summary of Adams' administration.|
|President Andrew Jackson and the Age of the Common Man||Discusses the evolution of the two-party system and shows how changes to voter qualifications in many state constitutions brought about the Age of the Common Man.|
|Andrew Jackson vs. the Whig Party: Rise of Executive Power||Explores the creation of the Whig party in response to Jackson's spoils system and outlines the ways in which he expanded his presidential powers.|
|Regional Conflict in America: Debate Over States' Rights||Traces sectional tensions in the North and the South. Summarizes the conflict between federal and state governments over the concept of nullification.|
|Jacksonian America: Bank of the United States and the Panic of 1837||Explains the growing power of the national bank, Jackson's attempts to limit its influence and the resulting Panic of 1837.|
|The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830||Exposes Jackson's plans to remove Native Americans, resistance from the Cherokee and their subsequent displacement.|
|Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville||Analyzes de Tocqueville's observations on American notions of equality. Summarizes his views on slavery and the removal of Native Americans.|
|Presidents Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison||Recaps events leading up to the election of 1836. Outlines Van Buren's administration, opposition from the Whig Party and his eventual defeat by Harrison in 1840.|
1. President John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1824
The election of 1824 and its candidates played a huge role in the election of John Quincy Adams as president. In this lesson, look at the dramatic turn in presidential politics and the not-so-remarkable presidency of this public servant.
2. President Andrew Jackson and the Age of the Common Man
In this lesson, we will explore the dirty politics of the 1828 election and the Age of the Common Man in American politics. Discover how this election changed American politics forever.
3. Andrew Jackson vs. the Whig Party: Rise of Executive Power
In this lesson, we will discuss how Andrew Jackson's administration strengthened executive power as well as the rise of the Whig Party in opposition to Jackson and his policies.
4. Regional Conflict in America: Debate Over States' Rights
In this lesson, we will explore sectional tensions that emerged between the West, North, and South over land and tariffs, leading to confrontations in the Senate and a second nullification crisis.
5. Jacksonian America: Bank of the United States and the Panic of 1837
In this lesson, we will discuss President Andrew Jackson's economic policies, including his determination to close the Bank of the United States and the financial panic of 1837.
6. The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830
In this lesson, we'll discuss Jackson's forced removal of Native Americans from their land in the east to new territory west of the Mississippi River.
7. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
In this lesson, we'll learn about Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who wrote a book about his observations of American society during the Jackson era.
8. Presidents Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison
Watch this lesson to learn about Martin Van Buren's administration (1837-1841), the elections of 1836 and 1840, and the short-lived presidency of William Henry Harrison.
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Other chapters within the US History: Middle School course
- First Contacts in the Americas
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- The Revolutionary War
- The Making of a Nation after the American Revolution
- The Virginia Dynasty
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America
- Manifest Destiny & American Expansion
- Buildup to the American Civil War
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century
- American Imperialism & World War I
- 1920s America
- America and the Great Depression
- America and the Second World War
- Post-War and the Cold War
- Civil Rights Movements in America
- America in the 1970s
- America in the 1980s
- America from 1992 to the Present