Step #2: all students will read these primary/secondary source documents as background for the "trial:"

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Your task will be to conduct impeachment hearings and to engage in the debate on whether or not to charge President Andrew Jackson with one or more of the articles of impeachment.

You will be assigned a role as either a member of the House Judiciary Committee giving arguments in favor of impeachment, or a member of the President's defense team.

After all of the arguments have been presented, the "full House" will vote on each article of impeachment.  Those passed will be sent to the Senate for the trial to convict or acquit the President of those impeachment indictments.

After the votes have been taken, you will submit an outline of the position you presented in your assigned role as well as a summary of the presentations made by the other teams.


Step #1:

The class will be divided into SIX groups [one for each of the three impeachment articles]. One group per article will represent House Judiciary Committee members who will attempt to persuade the rest of the House to indict President Andrew Jackson on that impeachment article.  One group will represent Jackson's supporters in the House who will argue against an impeachment indictment on that article.



Step #2:

ALL students will read these primary/secondary source documents as background for the "trial:"

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1829)

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1833)



Step #3:

Each group will then research their particular impeachment article topic by starting with the web links below:


Information for ALL Indictments Can be Found Here [These are just ADDITIONAL sites.  You do NOT have to read any or all of them, but some may add weight to your arguments.]:  

Jackson's First Annual Address to Congress - 1829

Jackson's Second Annual Address to Congress - 1830

Jackson's Third Annual Address to Congress - 1831

Jackson's Fourth Annual Address to Congress - 1832

Jackson's Fifth Annual Address to Congress - 1833

Jackson's Sixth Annual Address to Congress - 1834

Jackson's Seventh Annual Address to Congress - 1835

Jackson's Eighth Annual Address to Congress - 1836

The Presidency of Andrew Jackson. Digital History.

Student researching this role:

Which side of the case?:

"Indictment" 1:  President Jackson has violated the separation of powers in his actions to destroy the Bank of the United States.

"Andrew Jackson and the Bank War" - Tony D'Urso (essay). From Revolution
to Reconstruction

Letter from Nicholas Biddle to Samuel Smith about President Jackson's message of 1829 - 1830

Letter to Nicholas Biddle from Henry Clay - advises Biddle not to seek re-charter - 1831

Henry Clay's Speech on Jackson's Bank Veto - 1832

Jackson's Bank Veto Message - 1832


Student researching this role:

Which side of the case?:

"Indictment" 2:  President Jackson violated states rights in his dealings with South Carolina in the nullification crisis.

Veto of the Maysville Road Bill - 1830

Webster-Hayne Debate - 1830

"Jackson and the Nullifiers" - song lyrics - 1832

Jackson's Proclamation Regarding Nullification - 1832

Force Bill - 1833

Letter from Jackson to Van Buren Concerning Nullification - 1833


Student researching this role:

Which side of the case?:

"Indictment" 3:  President Jackson violated laws, treaties, and court orders in his dealings with Native Americans.

Andrew Jackson Speaks:  Indian Removal. The eJournal Website.

Cherokee Indian Removal Debate - 1830  [this is a very long document--just skim it]

Indian Removal Act - 1830

Cherokee Nation v The State of Georgia - 1831

Worcester v The State of Georgia - 1832


You may use any other documents that you feel are pertinent to your position from any other LEGITIMATE SOURCES that you may find on the web which will support your position in the "trial."


OTHER important sites may be found by looking at the articles located at

Step #4:

Each individual group member will create a "position outline" [a 1 to 2 page, single-spaced, typed outline of their argument, including quotes from appropriate primary sources], that they will use in their part of the group presentation of their position, pro or con, on a particular impeachment indictment.

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