Changing Democracy in America: 1815-1840
Deadline, April 16, 80 Points
How did American democracy change in the years following the War of 1812?
What effects did those changes have on Natives, enslaved people, and women?
How did elections change during those years?
What national policies came from those years that affected America during the next century?
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.
Roles of Women, begin on p.7
In what ways did the roles of American women change from 1815 - 1840? Consider the schooling for girls, Republican Motherhood, why do you think it was difficult for women to attend college during this time?
The Panic of 1819, begin on p.12
Identify four factors that contributed to the Panic of 1819.
Missouri Compromise, or Compromise of 1820, begin on p.16
Describe the Missouri Compromise. What made it so important? How did it solve one set of problems and create another? What was determined about slavery in the Louisiana Territory?
Monroe Doctrine, begin on p.19
What are the two basic concepts behind the Monroe Doctrine?
Jackson’s Presidency, begin on p. 27
Why did voter interest in national politics increase during the Jackson Presidency? Briefly xxplain the five basic principles of Jacksonian Democracy.
The Nullification Crisis, begin on p. 36
How did the Nullification Crisis illustrate the different views between state authority and federal authority? How did this relate to later questions about slavery and the onset of the Civil War?
American Policy Toward Native Americans, begin on p. 38
What was the point of the Indian Removal Bill of 1830? What was the case of Cherokee Nation v. Georgia about? Why was it important? Explain the history of the Trail of Tears.
Changes in Enfranchisement, begin on p. 44
Why did suffrage increase during this time? What forced changes in it? How did property laws influence who could vote? Why were some people disenfranchised?
Second Bank of the United States, begin on p. 45
What was the purpose for the Second Bank of the United States? What specific steps did Jackson take against the Second Bank of the United States? What came about as a result of his actions?
Slavery, begin on p. 47
What were the common arguments for and against slavery? What was a common criticism of abolition? What led to the strength of slavery in the South? How did northern and southern responses to slavery differ?
The Panic of 1837, begin on p. 49
What factors contributed to the Panic of 1837? How did the demand for specie contribute to the Panic of 1837? How did the policies of Jackson and Van Buren contribute to the panic? What were the effects of the Panic of 1837 on the North? What about the South?
Click here to view the PowerPoint file about the Panic of 1819 we used in class.
Monroe Doctrine Links
A summary of the Monroe Doctrine - look at the first five paragraphs. England - this is especially helpful.
A pretty good overview of the Monroe Doctrine.