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Andrew Jackson and the Growth of American Democracy (History Alive!: The United States Through Industrialism (2005) Ch. 14)


In this unit students explore the extension of democracy and Native American removal during the Age of Jackson. They also explore how Jackson used the power of the presidency to attack the Bank of the United States and its favoritism toward the wealthy elite. Students then focus on westward expansion, examining art and other primary sources to assess the treatment of Native Americans. They evaluate how the Age of Jackson moved American society both toward and away from its core ideals. 

Learning Targets: 
Analyze disagreements over the relative power of the executive branch during the Jacksonian era.
Explain the expansion, conquest, and settlement of the West through the removal of American Indians (Trail of Tears) from their native lands.
Develop an argument based on evidence about the positive and negative consequences of territorial and economic expansion on American Indians.