8th Grade Tries Andrew Jackson for Violating the Constitution


The 8th grade was studying Andrew Jackson and his Indian Removal Act. The students put Jackson on trial to decide if he broke the laws of the United States and Constitution when he upheld Indian Removal and refused to acknowledge Worcester v. Georgia.

Groups of students acted as the prosecution and defense teams, and they were in charge of developing arguments about why he should be innocent/guilty based on various primary sources about the event.

Other students were witnesses (various historical figures, including Andrew Jackson), who were questioned about their involvement & opinions about Indian Removal (prosecution and defense did the questioning).

Finally, other students acted as the jury and had to take notes during the trial and deliberate on what they felt the verdict should be.