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IV. Jackson and American Life 1825 – 1860



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IV. Jackson and American Life 1825 – 1860

1. Andrew Jackson’s election as President marked the beginning of a new age in

American political history. Assess the validity of this generalization. (71)
2. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, American writers (both fiction and

non-fiction) sought to discuss a uniquely national culture. Analyze this statement for

any period of approximately thirty years between 1775 and 1860. (73)
3. Account for the emergence of utopian communities from the mid-1820’s through the

1840’s and evaluate their success and/ or failure. (74)


4. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the American cultural and intellectual

community contributed to the development of a distinctive American national

consciousness. Assess the validity of this statement. (86)
5. American social reform movements from 1820 to 1860 were characterized by

unyielding perfectionism, impatience with compromise, and distrust of established

social institutions. These qualities explain the degree of success or failure of these

movements in achieving their objectives. Discuss with reference to BOTH anti-

slavery and ONE other reform movement of the period 1820 –1860 (for example,

temperance, women’s rights, communitarianism, prison reform or educational

reform). (79)
6. American reform movements between 1820 and 1860 reflected both optimistic and

pessimistic views of human nature and society. Assess the validity of this statement

in reference to reform movements of THREE of the following areas:

Education Utopian experiments

Temperance Penal Institutions (88)

Women’s Rights


7. Analyze the ways in which Two of the following influenced the development of

American society.

Puritanism during the seventeenth century

The Great Awakening during the eighteenth century

The Second Great Awakening during the nineteenth century (94)
8. In what ways did the early nineteenth –century reform movements for abolition and

women’s rights illustrate both the strengths and weaknesses of democracy in the early

American republic? (93)
9. Analyze the extent to which Two of the following influenced the development of

democracy between 1820 and 1840.

Jacksonian economic policy Changes in electoral politics

Second Great Awakening Westward movement (96)


10. How did Two of the following contribute to the reemergence of a two party system

in the period 1820 to 1840?

Major political personalities States’ rights Economic issues (99)
11. Discuss the impact of the “transportation revolution,” 1820 – 1860, on the U.S. (73)
12. In the period 1815 to 1860, improvements in transportation and increased inter-

regional trade should have united Americans, but instead produced sectional

division and finally disunion. Discuss with reference to the impact of improved

transportation and increased inter-regional trade on the Northeast (New England and

Middle Atlantic states), the South, and the West. (80)
13. Developments in transportation, rather than in manufacturing and agriculture,

sparked American economic growth in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Assess the validity of this statement. (89)





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