Andrew Jackson's Inauguration and the Rise of the Common Man

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Andrew Jackson DBQ
This question is based on the accompanying documents. It is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents. Some of these documents have been edited for the purposes of the question. As you analyze the documents, take into account the source of each document and any point of view that may be presented in the document. Directions: Complete the following documents. Then write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use evidence from at least two documents in your essay. Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details. Include additional outside information. Historical Content: Most presidents make decisions that have positive and negative effects. President Andrew Jackson (1829 – 1837) was no exception. To many Americans, he was the “hero of the common man.” To others he was no better than King George III.

Task:   Discuss at least one positive effect of Jackson’s presidency Discuss at least one negative effect of Jackson’s presidency

In developing your answer to Part III, be sure to keep this general definition in mind: Discuss means “to make observations about something using facts, reasoning, and argument: to present in some detail.”

Document 1 – Jackson’s inauguration (Washington, DC) March 11th (1829) Thousands and thousands of people, without distinction or rank, collected in an immense mass round he Capital, silent, orderly, and tranquil, with their eyes fixed on the front of that edifice (large or impressive building), waiting the appearance of the President…The door open,… the old man with his grey locks (hair), that crown of glory advances, bows to the people, who greet him with a shout that rends (splits) the air…It was grand, it was sublime! An almost breathless silence…and the multitude (crowd) was still, listening to catch the sound of his voice, tho’ (though) it was so low, as...
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