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Below is a sample breakdown of the Jacksonian Democracy chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The election of 1824||Presidential parties and candidates, the 'corrupt bargain' and John Quincy Adams' administration|
|Tuesday||Jackson's rise to power||The 'age of the common man', cronyism, political opposition from the Whigs and the Treaty of New Echota|
|Wednesday||Sectional tensions||Regional economies, states' rights and the Nullification Crisis of 1832|
|Thursday||Domestic policy under Jackson||The Panic of 1837, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Trail of Tears and Democracy in America|
|Friday||Jackson's successors||Van Buren's and William Henry Harrison's administrations, and John Tyler|
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.
9. What Was the Trail of Tears? - Facts, History & Route
The Trail of Tears was the primary passage toward federally created Indian lands west of the Mississippi River. Learn about the history of the forced Indian removal and the devastation that occurred to native groups along their painful journey to their new home.
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