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A guide for your research on Andrew Jackson's Trial for Mr. Chapin's Honors US History course (Fall 2014)

Andrew Jackson


Historians are divided in how they view the legacy of Andrew Jackson. Many see him as a champion of the common man, hero and preserver of the Union, and the great equalizer of the political system. Others see him as a killer, a man of uncontrolled anger and passion, one who acted unconstitutionally and that exercised more executive power than any other of his time. So how should we remember his legacy? Let's let the trial decide. 

We are putting Jackson's legacy on trial in answering the following question: Did Andrew Jackson use the power of the presidency appropriately in promoting peace, stability, prosperity, and the American values of freedom and democracy? Was he truly a man of the people? At the core of the case is this, did Andrew Jackson act within the constitution and was he a champion of democracy?

Each student will have a role in determining the outcome of the case by being a lawyer, a witness, or a juror

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Citing Sources

MLA In-Text Citations - via Purdue's OWL Site

Using Noodle Tools to Cite Sources

When you create your new project, don't forget to select "CHICAGO" for the style of citation you'll be making.

Here's how you can use it:

  • Note-taking and outlining: NoodleTools notecards are specifically designed to make connections, record and develop original ideas, articulate arguments, and avoid accidental plagiarism. The Notecard Tabletop contains organizational features like tagging, labeling and piling that support logical and inspired writing.
  • Annotated bibliography: Students can create an accurate annotated bibliography in MLA or Chicago/Turabian style, grouped into primary and secondary sources. They can choose from a broad range of source options. Pop-up help and dynamic citation templates are embedded at points of need. The student's polished bibliography can be exported to Google Drive or any word processor.
  • Source evaluation: Research shows that all students find source identification and evaluation to be especially challenging aspects of the research process. "Show Me" online teaching modules guide students in identifying source types, including primary sources, and in assessing the relevance and credibility of information.
  • Group collaboration: For an exhibition, performance, documentary or website project, student teams can work simultaneously on the group's notecards and citations and view each other's changes in real time.
  • Differentiated levels: Students have an option to select either the Junior or Advanced/Senior level of NoodleTools based on their self-assessed proficiency and their National History Day division. Each level includes appropriate help for identifying, evaluating and citing sources. Should Junior-level students find that they are using advanced source types, they can seamlessly move up to the Advanced level.

If you don't have an account yet, see Mrs. Wadley.

Did you know? Noodle Tools has a downloadable app! All you have to do is scan the ISBN of the book you're using, and it automatically uploads the information into your Noodle Tools bibliography!

Mr. Chapin's Recommended Resources

Clips from the history channel

Yale Law School primary documents

White House bio of jackson

Read South Carolina's Exposition and Protest...

Read the excerpt from Jackson's nullification proclamation

 Henry Clay on Jackson's Bank veto

Jackson's Bank veto message

Hayne Webster debate

Jackson and nullification

Letter to Van Buren about nullification

the force bill

Smithsonian on John Ross

Indian removal

Cherokee Nation vs. the state of Georgia

Worcester vs. GA.

John Ross letter to..