I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.
Over the next two days you are going to be investigating the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. Think of yourself as an amateur historian trying to unlock some of the mysteries and controversies of the 1820's and 1830's. Using the PBS Andrew Jackson Web site, you will be looking at some short video clips, maps, and primary source documents written over 150 years ago. For each activity you will answer a big-picture question and then report back to class where you will explore the topic more thoroughly. Good luck, and have fun!
Here's our first mystery: Who was Andrew Jackson? Today, it is up to you to try to understand who this guy really was. You've been given a short video, a document written by a historian soon after Jackson's death, and a series of portraits that Jackson sat for during his life. You know that Jackson was a controversial president, but that's about it. It's time to see what you can figure out about Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.
Use your skills of historical reasoning to answer the question "Who was Andrew Jackson?"