Jacksonian Democracy


US History Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion Jacksonian Democracy
Students learn about the causes and effects of Jacksonian democracy and the impact of the election of Jackson on American politics. Then, they learn about the spoils system and investigate if the spoils system is evident in today's political process.

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In this experience, students learn about the causes and effects of Jacksonian democracy and the impact of the election of Jackson on American politics. Then, they learn about the spoils system and investigate if the spoils system is evident in today’s political process.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 to scene 4.

Objectives:

  • Describe the causes and effects of Jacksonian democracy and the impact of the election of Andrew Jackson.
  • Explain the spoils system.


After a long, hard fight, Andrew Jackson was elected President in 1828. As Jackson began his presidency, he introduced a new approach to governing the country. He focused on serving the common man and opposing the special treatment of the rich. This new approach, referred to as Jacksonian Democracy, was the early foundation for the Democratic Party as we know it today.

Objectives:

  • Describe the causes and effects of Jacksonian democracy and the impact of the election of Andrew Jackson.
  • Explain the spoils system.




President Andrew Jackson


The term “kitchen cabinet” was introduced during Andrew Jackson’s terms as president. What do you think it might mean in relation to government? If you don’t know, that’s OK, use your imagination and make a guess.

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Students will learn about Jackson’s kitchen cabinet (advisors) in the next scene.


Divide students into their small groups for the next three scenes. When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene

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