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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