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Graded Assignment HST303A/304A: U.S. History | Unit 4 | Lesson 14: Change and Growth Unit Test
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Graded Assignment
Unit Test, Part 2: Change and Growth
Complete this teacher-scored portion of the Unit Test and submit it to your teacher by the due date for full credit.
(20 points)
1. Was Andrew Jackson a great president? Opinions are mixed. What is yours? Consider the
words that Jackson biographer James Parton wrote in 1859:
"Andrew Jackson, I am given to understand, was a patriot and a traitor. He was one of the
greatest of generals, and wholly ignorant of the art of war... He was the most candid of men, and was
capable of the profoundest dissimulation... A democratic autocrat [dictator]. An urbane [sophisticated]
savage. An atrocious [awful] saint."
Now write a well-constructed essay of your own about the quality of the Jackson presidency. Be sure to start
with a clear thesis statement and then give specific examples of events and issues to support your position.
Answer:
The presidency of Andrew Jackson is a very controversial topic. Some people believed that he was a
great president, and some believed he was a terrible one. Andrew Jackson was good in the sense that he was
committed to being for the people. At the same time, what James Parton wrote correlates with Jackson’s actions.
Andrew Jackson lied to the Native Americans and made them walk the Trail of Tears. He also supported the
Plessy VS. Ferguson case, which upheld state-imposed racial segregation. Finally, Andrew Jackson was a slave
owner.
From the years 1831-1877, the Trail of Tears was in place. After the Native Americans were forced to
leave their homes, they were marched at gunpoint to the reservations. They were marched from the Southern
United States to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears began with the removal of the Choctaw and
ended with the removal of the Cherokee.
Plessy VS. Ferguson is the court case that upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation. In the trial,
Plessy’s lawyers stated that the separate car act violated the Fourteenth Amendments. The judge decided that
Louisiana count enforce these laws. In the end, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory racial segregation was
not a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Andrew Jackson was a slave owner. In 1804, he owned nine African Americans. This was when he
bought The Hermitage. 25 years later, he owned more and 100 African Americans. He acquired then from both
purchase and reproduction. The reproduction aspect of it is essentially breeding humans. Which is insanely
inhumane. But none of what Andrew Jackson has done has been humane.
All in all, Andrew Jackson was a terrible person and an even worse president. In supporting the Plessy
VS. Ferguson case, he was acknowledging the fact that segregation was happening and that he supported it. At
the same time this makes sense because he was a slave owner. In the Trail of Tears, he lied to many of these
Native Americans. He told them that they would have better lives in their new placements. When in reality they
were held at gunpoint and marched for thousands of miles.
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Graded Assignment HST303A/304A: U.S. History | Unit 4 | Lesson 14: Change and Growth Unit Test Name: Date: Graded Assignment Unit Test, Part 2: Change and Growth Complete this teacher-scored portion of the Unit Test and submit it to your teacher by the due date for full credit. (20 points) 1. Was Andrew Jackson a great president? Opinions are mixed. What is yours? Consider the words that Jackson biographer James Parton wrote in 1859: Score "Andrew Jackson, I am given to understand, was a patriot and a traitor. He was one of the greatest of generals, and wholly ignorant of the art of wa ...
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