This excellent Common Core-aligned primary source analysis activity features 5 political cartoons related to Andrew Jackson. Each deals with a different aspect of Jackson's presidency: The Spoils System, the Tariff of Abominations, The National Bank, The Indian Removal Act, and Jackson's use of the presidential veto. Each cartoon is paired with a set of analysis questions for students to answer. An answer key for this is provided along with blown-up, larger versions of each cartoon.
Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, and the Tariff of Abominations • Students will analyze the document/close-reading passages to understand the circumstances surrounding and the outcome of the Tariff of 1828. Students will complete the reading passage scaffolding questions based on the documents/readings, and their knowledge of Social Studies.
The Tariff of Abominations was also the Tariff of 1828. It was proposed by Henry Clay, and it was supposed to protect industry in the Northern United States. It was thought to be an abomination in the South because it did nothing but hurt the region.