by Megan Bertrand, Carlton Hills

Form an opinion of Andrew Jackson after reading Primary Sources and watching videos on his controversial presidency.


What were the Key Controversies of the Jackson Presidency?

Introduction to Lesson

President Jackson was never afraid of controversy. He was a man of action who had strongly-held beliefs about what the United States should be. As president, Jackson faced two of the most debated issues of the early Republic: Indian removal and nullification. This lesson explores Jackson's argument in favor of Indian removal, the actions taken by the Cherokees to prevent their forced relocation, and the infamous "Trail of Tears." Also discussed is the near-secession of South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis and his battle with the National Bank.