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President Jackson Essay

2971 words - 12 pages

Adapted from a simulation by Eric Rothschild

Andrew Jackson the seventh President of the United States under the Constitution, has been impeached in the House of Representatives (not really, this is fictional – JACKSON WAS NOT REALLY IMPEACHED). He will go on trial in the U.S. Senate on July 1, 1838.

Here are the charges against Jackson:
• Violating the rights of Native Americans, especially in his treatment of the Cherokee and Creek Indians
• Stepping on state’s rights in his economic policy and his behavior in the nullification crisis
• General bad character

You will work in groups I assign for the trial. Here are the group ...view middle of the document...

2. The prosecution and defense lawyers should prepare a typed opening statement (300-400 words) in which the case is laid out and references quoted along with 2 well-thought out and insightful questions for each witness groups (10 total). Please type questions on a separate piece of paper with witness groups as headings.

3. On trial day the witness groups will be given a list of the prosecution and defense teams’ questions and will be given a short time to prepare answers.

Here’s how the trial will work:
1. The prosecution and defense teams will read opening statements – make sure you are engaging and convincing!
2. Each witness group will take the stand in turn. You will explain who you are and what your positions are on Jackson’s actions. Then the prosecution and defense teams may ask questions. Jackson may take the stand if his defense team chooses.
3. As witnesses take the stand, other groups will be taking notes in a provided note-taking form. This form will count as your classwork grade and is your ticket out.
4. When all of the arguments, pro and con, have been made, the full "House of Representatives" [the entire class] will vote on each article of impeachment.

Trial notes:

|Group |Points Made by the Group |My thoughts, opinions, and reactions |
|Prosecution Team |Indictment 1: Nullification crisis | |
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| |Indictment 2: Native Americans | |
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