Age of Jackson Essay Document Based Question (DBQ) Directions: The following question is based on four documents (A, B, C, & D). This question is designed to test your ability to work with historic documents and to create an argument the same way you did in your research paper. As you analyze the documents, take into account both the sources of the document and the author’s point of view. Historic Background: As President, Andrew Jackson made many controversial decisions regarding the Indian Removal Act, the Nullification Crisis, and closing the Bank of the United States. Using these documents as evidence, create an argument stating whether or not President Andrew Jackson’s decisions were right or wrong based on “preserving, protecting, and defending” the Constitution. DBQ Setup: Paragraph 1: Intro & Thesis. Set the Scene. “President Jackson’s actions were right because…” or “President Jackson’s actions were wrong because…” Paragraph 2: Explain and Analyze 1 document about how it supports your argument. Paragraph 3: Explain and Analyze 1 document about how it supports your argument. Paragraph 4: Explain and Analyze 1 document about how it supports your argument. Paragraph 5: Conclusion. Restate your main points from paragraphs 2, 3, & 4 and restate your thesis. Document A Source: Andrew Jackson’s First Inaugural Address March 4, 1829 "It will be my sincere and constant desire to observe toward the Indian tribes within our limits a just and liberal policy, and to give that humane and considerate attention to their rights and their wants which is consistent with the habits of our Government and the feelings of our people." _______________________________________________________ Document B Source: Andrew Jackson’s “Proclamation to the People of South Carolina.” December 10, 1832 “If a single drop of blood shall be shed there in opposition to the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man I can lay my hand on engaged in such treasonable conduct, upon the first tree I can reach. I consider, then, the power to annul a law of the United States, assumed by one State, incompatible with the existence of the Union, contradicted expressly by the letter of the Constitution, unauthorized by its spirit, inconsistent with every principle on which it was founded, and destructive of the great object for which it was formed.” _______________________________________________________ Document C Source: Presidential Oath of Office Every four years when a person is sworn in as President, he/she takes this oath to uphold the Constitution. "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Document D Source: Political Cartoon Published in the fall of 1832 for use in the Presidential Election that year. President Jackson closed the Bank of the United States by vetoing a bill that would keep it open because he felt it was gaining too much power.