I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.
President Jackson never shied away from controversy. He was a man of action who had strongly-held beliefs about what the United States should be. As president, Jackson faced two of the most debated issues of the early Republic: Indian removal and nullification. This lesson explores Jackson's argument in favor of Indian removal, the actions taken by the Cherokees to prevent their forced relocation, and the infamous "Trail of Tears." Also discussed is the near-secession of South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis. This lesson also includes a short Web-based activity on the Cherokee Indians that makes use of the PBS Andrew Jackson Web site. It may be assigned as homework prior to the in-class lesson.