Pathways to History

Sample Synopses:

The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson and the Growth of Party Politics Curriculum Unit overview.

Synopsis: Changes in voting qualifications and participation, the election of Andrew Jackson, and the formation of the Democratic Party—due largely to the organizational skills of Martin Van Buren—all contributed to making the election of 1828 and Jackson’s presidency a watershed in the evolution of the American political system. In this unit, students analyze changes in voter participation and regional power, and review archival campaign documents reflecting the dawn of politics as we know it during the critical years from 1824 to 1832. (edcitement)

• African-American Communities in the North Before the Civil War

Synopsis: Fully one-third of Patriot soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill were African Americans. Census data also reveal that there were slaves and free Blacks living in the North in 1790 and after. What do we know about African-American communities in the North in the years after the American Revolution? In this lesson, students will tour and/or read about some important free African-American communities thriving in the North before the Civil War. (edcitement)