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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."
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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.”
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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.
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