DUAL: Jackson Era Quiz

We need to have a quiz on the Jackson Era Mon/Tues. Granted, I should have mentioned this in the hour and half we spent together talking about this subject. Given the topic and time spent, I feel like it’s a quiz most of you would be fine with if I dropped it on you without warning.

Here is the setup: The quiz will be questions that pull in information from notes, video, webs posted below, and some documents. These are like rough drafts of essays. You don’t get to see the documents until the test. Prepare for all four. We will draw out a hat to decide which make it on the quiz. There will also be a bonus to help.

Below are two webs on things during this period non-Jackson.

change-reform Jackson era

Topics for responses

  1. Choose two of the following events from Jackson’s presidency and describe how his handling of these reflected his personality and taste for conflict: South Carolina nullification, veto and killing of Second Bank of U.S., Peggy Eaton affair.
  2. It’s from this period that much of modern politics and the president are born. With this as the starting point, support the idea that Jackson’s election and presidency introduced modern politics.
  3. Views of Jackson tend to run to the extremes. Those with man-crushes on Jackson see him as a heroic, straight-talking, brash, man-of-action. Others vilify him, seeing him as a slave-owning war criminal, who killed men in cold blood. The Truth? Well…it’s much more complex. Explain why our memory of Jackson is one that will always be debated.
  4. The U.S. of the Jacksonian period had begun to look less like the America of George Washington and more like the industrial America of post Civil War. Describe the social, political, and economic changes that were taking place.

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