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Ch 4: The Virginia Dynasty & Jacksonian Democracy

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Use these online lessons to learn about United States history during the early years of the 19th century. These videos and quizzes will help you understand the Louisiana Purchase and the Missouri Compromise, among other topics.

U.S. History and Government: The Virginia Dynasty and Jacksonian Democracy

In the video lessons in this chapter, you will explore occurrences during the administrations of the presidents from Thomas Jefferson through Andrew Jackson. Four of the first five presidents were from Virginia, and that period is often called the Virginia dynasty. The controversy surrounding Jefferson's election is explored here, along with his beliefs, known as Jeffersonian democracy. Events of his administration include the Louisiana Purchase, which vastly expanded U.S. territory.

You will also learn about the War of 1812, which took place during James Madison's presidency, and the period that followed, called the Era of Good Feelings. Another lesson deals with James Monroe's policy on foreign colonization in the Americas, set out in the Monroe Doctrine. John Quincy Adams and the election of 1824 are discussed as well.

These videos cover the many domestic issues that were prominent in this era. One lesson looks at the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, during the period of the Virginia dynasty. You'll look at the issues surrounding economic expansion, such as slavery and immigration. The conflict over states' rights is examined in this chapter. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise are explained, and you'll learn about Andrew Jackson and the forced removal of the Cherokees from their homeland, called the Trail of Tears.

Jackson's presidency is often called the Age of the Common Man. Other topics from his administration that are discussed in these video lessons include the formation of the Bank of the United States. One video looks at the rise of executive power, a consequence of Jackson's battles with the Whigs, that occurred during his administration.

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Virginia Dynasty & Jacksonian Democracy
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President Jefferson's Election and Jeffersonian Democracy

1. President Jefferson's Election and Jeffersonian Democracy

The presidential election of 1800 was a rematch between President John Adams and Vice President Thomas Jefferson. An electoral tie between Jefferson and his running mate forced the House of Representatives to decide. The election inaugurated 24 years of political dominance for the Democratic-Republican Party.

Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

2. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.

President Madison and the War of 1812

3. President Madison and the War of 1812

Though often overlooked in the annals of American history, the War of 1812 was really a landmark event for a young nation finding its footing amidst a global power struggle. Watch our lesson to follow President James Madison and the War of 1812 into the inky shadows of history.

James Madison After the War of 1812: The Era of Good Feelings

4. James Madison After the War of 1812: The Era of Good Feelings

What do African pirates, American highways and British forts all have in common? President Madison paid attention to all of them in the 'Era of Good Feelings.'

James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine

5. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine

Can you imagine a time when there was only one political party in the United States? Find out why James Monroe was one of the nation's most popular presidents during his lifetime and learn about his foreign policy that endured for nearly a century.

John Marshall's Supreme Court During the Virginia Dynasty

6. John Marshall's Supreme Court During the Virginia Dynasty

Think old Supreme Court cases don't relate to your life today? Under the leadership of Chief Justice John Marshall, the Supreme Court made many landmark decisions that shaped the American judicial system - including the rights of citizens - and affect the most important cases in the country to this day.

Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

7. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.

Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820

8. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820

In 1819, Missouri applied for statehood, threatening to tip the balance of senatorial power in favor of the slave states. Find out how Henry Clay resolved the matter for the next 30 years.

President John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1824

9. 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.

President Andrew Jackson and the Age of the Common Man

10. 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.

Andrew Jackson vs. the Whig Party: Rise of Executive Power

11. 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.

Regional Conflict in America: Debate Over States' Rights

12. 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.

Jacksonian America: Bank of the United States and the Panic of 1837

13. 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.

The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830

14. 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.

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