Unit 4 (chapter 12)

Unit 4 – Jacksonian Era and Antebellum Reforms

Online Resources:

PBS: Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & The Presidency:
(See "Themes" and "Special Features")

The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson:

National Park Service: The Trail of Tears -

Constitution of the American Anti-Slavery Society -

Excerpt from P.T. Barnum's autobiography about how he became a temperance speaker -

Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 -

Textbook questions:

  1. Explain the connection between religious revivalism and reform efforts to erase social evils.
  2. Describe three ways in which political culture changed between the early 1820s and1840s.
  3. Explain the key events and significance of three major issues in Jackson’s presidency –the tariff, the war against the bank, and Indian removal.
  4. List and explain the leaders, principles, programs, and sources of support of the two major parties, the Democrats and the Whigs. How did this second American party system evolve from and differ from the first party system?
  5. List several evils that Americans wanted to reform in the 1830s and 1840s and themajor influences that contributed to the reform impulse.
  6. Describe some of the purposes, patterns, and problems that most utopian communities shared.
  7. Describe the major goals, tactics, and problems in the antebellum reform movements fortemperance, abolitionism, and women’s rights.

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