Age of Jackson: Overview


US History Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion The Age of Jackson: Overview
Students learn about or review the key concepts, events, and people from the Age of Jackson Then they evaluate whether Jackson should remain on the 0 bill or be replaced by Harriet Tubman.

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In this experience, students learn about or review the key concepts, events, and people from the Age of Jackson. Then they evaluate whether Jackson should remain on the $20 bill or be replaced by Harriet Tubman.

Objective:

  • Identify key concepts, events, and people from the Age of Jackson.


Andrew Jackson was elected president in 1828 and served until 1837. He passed away in 1845. The period from 1828 to 1845 is often called “The Age of Jackson.” This period in time was significant because it was a time of great change in how the government operated. Jackson believed in a true government “for the people” with the opinion of the majority taking precedence over the opinion of the life-long politicians who had previously run the government.

Objective:

  • Identify key concepts, events, and people from the Age of Jackson.

One of the notable characteristics of the Age of Jackson was making the political system more democratic.

What do you think it means for a political system to be democratic?


Search the Web for an image that represents democracy, and upload it to the canvas below. Then use the Text tool to write a caption explaining the image.


Based on the images that the students post, lead a class discussion about democracy. Pose the question:

The founding fathers of the United States wrote a Constitution to guarantee a democratic government. What does it mean that Andrew Jackson made the political system more democratic?

Point out that at the time of Jackson, only white men had the right to vote. The democracy was not open to all people of the United States.

The leaders of the early republic were mainly wealthy, land-owning white men. Jackson himself was an orphan with little formal education, and he worked his way up through various leadership positions. He appealed to the “common man” as more like them.


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