Jackson’s Early Economic Success

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President Andrew Jackson. Circa 1830-32. By: Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl.

President Andrew Jackson had good fortune as his presidency began with a wave of prosperity. See Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 360.

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The Maysville Road Veto

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Political Cartoon Depicting the Maysville Road Veto.

The Maysville Road was a major internal improvement that Congress had captured in a bill, the Maysville Road Bill. Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 357. It was meant to be a link in the burgeoning transportation network, “connecting the National Road to the north with the Natchez Trace to the south and the Ohio with the Tennessee river systems.” Id.

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America’s First Sex Scandal

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Andrew Jackson. By: Alexander Hay Ritchie.

Upon arriving in the White House, Andrew Jackson appointed John Eaton as Secretary of War. Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 336. Little did Jackson know the extent to which this decision would plague the first year of his presidency.

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Constitution Sunday: “A Political Dialogue”

“A Political Dialogue”

Massachusetts Centinel (Boston), October 24, 1787

Following are excerpts from an article published in the Massachusetts Centinel, which purported to capture a conversation between “Mr. Grumble” and “Mr. Union”:

“Mr. Union. Well, but neighbour, what are your objections to the new Constitution?”

“Mr. Grumble. Why, as to the matter, I can’t say I have any, but then what vexes Read more

Nat Turner’s Rebellion

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Depiction of Nat Turner’s Rebellion.

On August 22, 1831, the greatest slave rebellion in United States history occurred, led by a “mystic religious visionary named Nat Turner.” Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 323.

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The Image of Democracy

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Alexis de Tocqueville. By: Theodore Chasseriau.

America, in the early part of the 1800s, developed a reputation for being an experimental society. It was a prime example of popular rule, which brought a unique perspective to the world stage. See Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 304.

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