Essential Questions:Think about these questions before, during, and after the reading. They are very general; there is no specifically correct answer. If you understand their complexity and feel confident in using information from the text and the supplementary reading in answering these questions, you should understand the major themes from this period.
Discuss how the nationalism of the 1820s & 1830s became the sectionalism of the 1840s and 1850s. What were the social, political, and economic reasons for these changes?
To what extent is the following statement true? John Marshall created the Supreme Court as a "third" branch of government.
It could be said that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were the fathers of the Civil War. Using these chapters and discussing events from the 1830s and 1840s, evaluate the validity of that statement.
In what ways and to what extent did the Jacksonian approach to Native American issues represent a continuation of a long-standing attitude toward the American Indian?
How did the extension of the franchise (the right to vote) during this period create a more "democratic" American society?
In what ways and to what extent were the social changes in American society in the 1830s and 1840s expressions of nationalism?
"The South grew, but it did not develop." By the 1840s this was true socially, politically, and economically. In what ways?
By the 1850s, Northern society was no longer able nor was it willing to make accommodations with Southern society. To what extent and in what ways was this true.
Note: The Unit 3 exam that will be given the class period following the chapter 9 quiz, will consist of about 10 of the new multiple choice questions and two short answer questions. It will count, as do all unit tests, 100 points regardless of the mix of questions.
Suggestions for required and extra work outside readings:
Chapter 2, “Thomas Jefferson: The Aristocrat as Democrat” or Chapter 3, “Andrew Jackson and the Rise of Liberal Capitalism” from The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It1, by Richard Hofstadter.
Any 30 to 50 pages from Democracy in America, volume 1, by Alexis de Tocqueville.
Chapter 5, “Awakenings of Religion” or Chapter 9, “Andrew Jackson and His Age” from What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, by Daniel Walker Howe.
1 This book is available in the library media center as part of an AP U. S. History Reserved Section. There are multiple copies available that will only be checked out to AP U. S. History students. Go to the desk and let Ms Fidel know that you are an AP U. S. History student who wishes to check out this book.