Andrew Jackson and the Transformation of American Democracy | Newberry

Andrew Jackson and the Transformation of American Democracy

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Robert Elder, Valparaiso Univeristy
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Americans living between Andrew Jackson’s appearance on the national stage in 1815 and the end of his second presidency in 1836 experienced profound and multiple transformations of their world, changes that still reverberate today. Through the lens of Jackson’s rise to power, this seminar will seek to explore and define this era of dizzying change, focusing on two seemingly antithetical trends that characterized Jacksonian America: the rise of popular democracy and, simultaneously, the expansion of slavery. Topics will include the origins of the Second Party System, the elections of 1824 and 1828, the battle over the Second Bank of the United States, Indian removal, the Nullification Crisis, the transportation and communication revolutions, and the expansion of slavery in the Mississippi River Valley.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.