Andrew Jackson, Hero, Monster, or Somewhere in Between?

8th grade, andrew jackson, kaye christensen, primary sources

Andrew Jackson was a complex and influential key player of the 19th century whose two terms as United States president helped shape policy on states rights, labor and industrialization, Indian removal, economic power structures, and slavery. As time passes, people tend to look at Presidents and famous historical figures in a one dimensional way rather than to study and evaluate the sum total of that person's actions.

The aim of this lesson is to provide students with a great deal of information about a central political figure and require them to use that information to analyze and create a project that displays their own personal opinion of that historical figure. The lesson concludes with student created projects which express their personal opinions of Jackson's actions. 

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