Jackson and Indian Removal Act - Trail of Tears

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Jacksonian Democracy - Jackson and Indian Policy

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Andrew Jackson held a firm stance against the Native Americans, as evidenced by his past in the War of 1812 as well as the things he implemented during his presidency. This includes Jackson as an enemy of the natives (War of 1812, fighting of the Seminoles in Florida), his policies concerning American civilian interaction/conflict with the natives, the Trail of Tears, and the eventual Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Students will use a frayer model to define, describe, and relate Jackson as a soldier and president to his actions and responses to the "Indian Problem". They should choose four events or acts revolving around Native relations to discuss in their storyboard.


Example Events/Responses

  • First Seminole War
  • Second Seminole War
  • Trail of Tears
  • Indian Removal Act of 1830

Extended Activity

Students should research Worcester vs. Georgia, which will help incorporate the Supreme Court’s stance on Indian relocation, and rights to certain lands. Furthermore, it will help students understand Jackson’s response and defiance of the Supreme Court’s decision. It will be useful for students to connect the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch. In addition, they will be able to relate each branch to civil and human rights.


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Create a frayer model describing President Jackson's reactions and actions to the "Indian Problem."

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify four actions/reactions to the "Indian Problem."
  3. In the description, summarize each event.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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