Andrew Jackson Impeachment Trial



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Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States is impeached by the House of Representatives on March 1, 1837. Two days later, a day before he is due to retire from office, he in brought before the Senate. Congratulations! You are to relive this historic, EXCITING, and totally FICTITIOUS moment.


The “trial” will begin on or about the following date: Monday December 2 – Tuesday December 3. Be ready! On that date the two defense attorney attorneys and the two prosecuting attorneys (per charge) will interview the prospective witnesses. They will decide which witnesses they plan to call and together decide on the order of the witnesses in the trial.

The CHARGES against Andrew Jackson are as follows:




  1. Destroying the government service by appointing people to public jobs without consideration of merit

  2. Destroying the separation of powers by illegally expanding the powers of the executive

  3. Destroying the federal system of government by eroding the power of state governments

  4. Undermining the US economy by ill-advised and politically motivated actions

  5. Failing to carry out the principles of the declaration of independence regarding African-Americans, Women and Religious groups

  6. Contributing the genocide of certain Native American groups by violating established treaties, court rulings and their basic rights



The Attorneys:


Charge

Prosecution

Prosecution

Defense

Defense

a.

Jennifer

J$

Tarik

Natalie C

b.

Michael

Stephen

Rio

Neha

c.

Ever

Daniel

Farhana

Beth

d.

Madison

Megan

Lauren

Alia

e.

Gianluca

Charlie

Rebecca

Grethel

f.

Justin

Alex

Ted

John



The Senate:

________Chris_____________

______Imaan_______________

_______Sheena______________

_________Zach____________

_____Elizabeth_______________

_______Natalie N_____________

_______Claire______________

______Lydia_______________

_____________________



The Witnesses:

  1. Alexander Hamilton _______Gianluca__________

  2. Amos Kendall ____Rio_________________

  3. Andrew Jackson Donelson _____Stephen_____________

  4. Daniel Webster _____Tarik_____

  5. Dorothea Dix _______Alia_____________

  6. Elizabeth Brown Stephens _____Charlie____________
    (Cherokee)

  7. George Bancroft _____Michael___________

  8. Hannah (Slave of Jackson) _______Elizabeth_________

  9. Henry Clay ______Lydia____________

  10. Henry Pinckney _____Daniel_____________

  11. John Burnett _______J$____________
    (Soldier on Trail of Tears)

  12. John C. Calhoun ______Madison_________

  13. John Marshall _______Alex____________

  14. John Quincy Adams _______Chris_________

  15. John Ross _______Farhana__________

  16. Joseph Smith _______Claire___________

  17. Louis McLane _______Megan____________

  18. Martin Van Buren ______Grethel_____________

  19. Nicolas Biddle _______Natalie C__________

  20. Peggy Eaton ________Imaan__________

  21. Rachel Jackson _____Beth_____________

  22. Robert Hayne _______Justin___________

  23. Roger Taney ______Sheena_____________

  24. Samuel Slater ______Zach_________

  25. Sarah Grimke _______Lauren____________

  26. Sequoyah ______Jennifer____________

  27. Thomas Jefferson ______Becky_____________

  28. William Lloyd Garrison ________Natalie N_________

  29. William Marcy ________Neha__________

  30. Fred McCormick _______Jon_____________
    (Cotton Farmer GA)

  31. Jebidiah Longstreet _______Ever_______
    (SC State Rep)

  32. Kevin Painter _______Ted____________
    (Asparagus Farmer KY)

Directions:
Each student will be playing the role of a witness and an attorney or a Senator.
Senate

The Senate will vote on each charge separately and at the end of the trial write a paper defending their vote by citing evidence brought up in the course of the trial and the discussions in the jury room. (THE ATTORNEYS DO NOT HAVE TO WRITE THIS PAPER)


Attorneys – House Committee on Impeachment

Each group of attorneys will create a list of SIX witnesses they need to call to the stand. They will also create a list of questions for each witness and explanation of why you have chosen them. Be prepared with the order and plan for your case. Attorneys should be ready for witnesses that will help and hinder their case (i.e.: be aware of the witnesses that will be called for the other side to hurt your argument). The list should identify each witness as for the prosecution or for the defense.


Witness

Each witness is to prepare a 1-2 page affidavit/statement of facts about your person. This affidavit is to be prepared in triplicate. One copy needs to given to each of the attorneys relative to your character and one copy for the teacher.


RUBRIC


ROLE

Assignment w/ Description

Points

Senate

Explanation & Defense of Vote:

  • Handwritten Paper, 2pages [20pts]

    • Include descriptions of ALL testimony that was relevant to your decision

    • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each side (ex. questions a groups should have asked but did not)

  • Notes – you are obligated to take notes throughout the trial in order to ensure you will make fair and informed decision [10pts]

____/30pts

Attorney

Witness List w/ Summary & Questions

  • No less than 6 witnesses [1pt each witness]

  • Summary for each witness to explain why they were chosen (indicate if the witness if for the defense or prosecution) [summary = 12pts]

  • 3-5 questions for each witness [12pts]

____/30pts

Witness

THREE COPIES of your Affidavit

  • Follow the four paragraph format outlined below

    • -Paragraph 1: Introduction and background of the witness.

    • -Paragraph 2: Explain what makes this person qualified to testify in this trial.

    • -Paragraph 3: Detailed explanation of the witness’s studies and views.

    • -Paragraph 4: Apply the information in paragraph three to the Impeachment.

**1-5 points will be deducted from this section if you are unable to demonstrate thorough understanding of your character during the trial

___/10pts

TOTAL

Comments:



___40pts



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