Andrew Jackson

"A Champion of the Common Man" or "King Jackson"

Student Objectives

By the end of this lesson students should be able to:

1) Determine whether Andrew Jackson was a President of the Common Man or a Tyrant, using specific textual and historical evidence to back their claims.

2) Understand and be able to describe Jackson's presidency, and the impact it has had on future presidents.

3) Be able to describe Worcester v. Georgia and the Indian Removal Act as it pertains to Jackson's presidency.

Andrew Jackson Notes

Click this link to download the Andrew Jackson PowerPoint. Fill out the graphic organizer that I will provide for you.

Political Cartoons

Based on the below cartoons answer the following questions for EACH cartoon:

  1. What images/symbols do you see in the cartoon?
  2. What words/phrases do you see?
  3. What are the authors messages in the cartoon?

Andrew Jackson: "A Common Man?"

Watch the history channel video on President Andrew Jackson, and answer the following questions:

1) How does Andrew Jackson fit the description of the "Common Man"? (List at least five specific examples from the video).

2) What is Andrew Jackson's presidential legacy? Why do historians feel it is one of the most complicated in history?

3) Why do you think Thomas Jefferson, a fellow Democratic-Republican called Jackson a dangerous man? What evidence do you have to support your hypothesis?

Andrew Jackson vs. the National Bank

Click the link below to read about Andrew Jackson's battle with the National bank. Once you have read the article answer the questions below.


1) As a class we have discussed the reasons why not having a national bank is harmful to our country, and yet we see once again a president attempting to prevent the national bank from existing. What reason did Andrew Jackson have for objecting to a bill that would extended the charter of the Second Bank of the United States?

2) How is Jackson's stance on the Second National Bank impact the future of politics?

3) How has banking changed since the mid 1800's?

4) What does Jackson mean when he said the bank was"an engine of political oppression"

5) According to Jackson, why was the bank unconstitutional? Based on your knowledge of history do you agree or disagree with Jackson's argument.

Andrew Jackson Kills the BANK

Indian Removal Act

Read the following primary source documents about the Indian Removal Policy of Andrew Jackson, and take notes. The first reading is Jackson's Message to Congress justifying the Indian Removal Act. The second document is a letter from Chief John Ross, in reaction to the Indian Removal Act.

Comic Strip

Create a Comic Strip on the Indian Removal Act (8 boxes). You can do it in the view point of Jackson or the Cherokee Indians. Please base your comic on the primary source documents you read above and your on your own research of this topic.

You may use paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils to complete this part.

Alternative assignment: You can write a news article on the Trail of Tears. Pretend you are living in that time period, how would you as a dedicated news reporter cover the Trail of Tears.

Andrew Jackson Indian Removal video

Watch the video and take notes on other Presidents before Jackson also tried to force the Indians to move Westward. Pick one of the President's mentioned in the video and complete the handout "Making Connections: Presidential Policies"
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Worcester v. Georgia

Read the following description of the Supreme Court Case Worcester v. Georgia:

1) What did the Supreme Court rule?

2) Andrew Jackson disregarded a ruling by the Supreme Court, how was he able to get away with it?

3) What impact has this case had on history in regards to Native Americans and their property rights?

Jackson: A Champion of the People or King?

Which one is Jackson?

1) According to the video what reasons are given to justify Jackson's top 10 ranking of presidents?

2) Why does historian Amy Sturgis believe Jackson is not a champion of the common man? Give specific examples from the video.

3) What paradoxs in Jackson's presidency make the question: "Was Jackson the champion of the common man or King Jackson?" a hard question to answer?

4) Write a one page response (at least three paragraphs) answering the question "Was Jackson a champion of the common man or a tyrant?"


Review Flash Cards

Review the APUSH flashcards for this unit:

When complete complete the test:

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