History 8-2, Assignment Five, Changing Democracy in America




Assignment Five
Changing Democracy in America

Deadline, April 7, 120 Points

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In what ways did the Market Revolution that followed so quickly after the American and French Revolutions change America?

Andrew Jackson



For the rest of the class we are going to explore themes in American history and the time periods in which they occurred. Our first theme in changes in democracy in America. This will focus on the years from 1815 to 1840. This was a time of rapid change in all aspects of American life - politics, economy, foreign policy, slavery, suffrage - it was all changing quickly. Just how those changes contributed to the long term views of Americans is still up for debate, but we are going to some exploring.


Students will identify and describe key events of this time period.

Students will create evidences of learning connected to this time period.


Special instructions

For this assignment, you can begin with the printed document you received in class. It is also linked to this page. The questions are also listed below. Feel free to copy and paste the questions into your Google doc. 

You may work in groups of up to three for this assignment. Each group will submit one packet.




Each short answer question is worth two points.

Each short essay question is worth 8 points.

To receive a full score each response must address the context of the question with a clear, concise answer.


Assignment Questions:

  1. Describe the changing roles of American women during the time period 1815 - 1840.
  2. How did the attitudes about schooling for girls change during this time period?
  3. What was the idea of Republican Motherhood? How did change the debate about slavery?
  4. What was the focus of girls’ education during this time?
  5. Why do you believe college educaiton for women was difficult to obtain at that time?
  6. Explain the Era of Good Feelings. What was it? How did it differ from previous decades?
  7. What was the Panic of 1819? What caused it?
  8. What was the connection between the demands for specie and the Panic of 1819?
  9. How did end of the Napoleonic Wars affect the Panic of 1819?
  10. How were farmers affected by the Panic of 1819?
  11. How did people hope tariffs would help resolve the Panic of 1819?
  12. What was determined about slavery in the Louisiana Territory?
  13. What made the Election of 1824 unique in American history?
  14. What was the ‘corrupt bargain’? How did it come to be?
  15. Explain John Quincy Adams’ positions on tariffs.
  16. What was the American System of economics? On what was it based?
  17. Why did voter interest in national politics increase during the Jackson Presidency?
  18. What was Manifest Destiny?
  19. Who was Richard Lawrence? What did he attempt to do? What was the outcome of his attempt?
  20. What was the court case of Cherokee Nation v. Georgia about? Why was it important?
  21. Explain the history of the Trail of Tears.
  22. Why did suffrage increase during this time?
  23. Why were some people disenfranchised?
  24. What was the purpose for the Second Bank of the United States?
  25. What specific steps did Jackson take against the Second Bank of the United States? What came about as a result of his actions?
  26. What were the common arguments for and against slavery?
  27. What was a common criticism of abolition?
  28. What factors contributed to the Panic of 1837? 
  29. How did the demand for specie contribute to the Panic of 1837?

Essay Questions
Each of these questions will require a couple of paragraphs. Again, be contextual.


  • Explain the intent of the Missouri Compromise. What issues were involved? Why was the balance of slave and free states so critical?
  • The Monroe Doctrine remained one of the central parts of the foreign policy of the United States for about 160 years. In many ways it is still with us today. Explain what it is and why President Monroe initiated it.
  • Explain the rise of the Second Party System. How did it begin? What powered its continuance?
  • What made the political parties of the time powerful? What weakened them?
  • Jackson enlarged the spoils system. What was it and how did use it to reward his supporters?
  • Explain the background and consequences of the Nullification Crisis. Why was it so important to the survival of the nation? Some historians say it was a precursor to the Civil War. Why might that be the case?
  • Andrew Jackson carried a lifelong disdain for much that was associated with Britain. What happened during the Revolutionary War that may have contributed to his feelings?
  • Explain the Indian Removal Act. Why was it passed? What were the consequences for the Natives as well as for the Americans?