The Jacksonian Era and the "Common Man" ..

A new era of American politics began with Jackson's election in 1828, but it also completed a grand social experiment begun by the American Revolution. Although the Founding Fathers would have been astounded by the new shape of the nation during Jackson's presidency, just as Jackson himself had served in the American Revolution, its values helped form his sense of the world. The ideals of the Revolution had, of course, been altered by the new conditions of the early nineteenth century and would continue to be reworked over time. Economic, religious, and geographic changes had all reshaped the nation in fundamental ways and pointed toward still greater opportunities and pitfalls in the future. Nevertheless, represented a provocative blending of the best and worst qualities of American society. On the one hand it was an authentic democratic movement that contained a principled egalitarian thrust, but this powerful social critique was always cast for the benefit of white men. This tragic mix of egalitarianism, masculine privilege, and racial prejudice remains a central quality of American life and to explore their relationship in the past may help suggest ways of overcoming their haunting limitations in the future.

Andrew Jackson rose to national prominance as a General during the War of 1812

Students will analyze music to see what it reveals about the culture of Americans during the Jacksonian era. Songs and poems that will be analyzed will be "America (My Country 'tis of Thee)", "Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold," "Song for Independence," "Zip Coon," "My Old Kentucky Home," and "Camptown...


America in the Jacksonian Era: ..

Chapter 14 of the MCPS 8th grade history textbook, , focuses on cultural societal changes in America during the era from 1820 to 1860. The section of the chapter identifies groups immigrants who settled in the United States. It describes both push and pull factors that led to our first huge wave of immigration. This lesson is designed to compliment this section of the textbook by introducing students to a brief history of immigration and the resulting consequences of hostility toward immigrants from some native born...