Democracy in America Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



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Teach your history students about the Missouri Crisis (Missouri Compromise), Corrupt Bargain between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, and the Era of Jackson. Students will have a great understanding of the early 1800s in American history.

This is a great PowerPoint (or Google Slides) you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own. The design is professional and minimal (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes. Furthermore, it includes a guide sheet that you can print and use when presenting. The information in the guide sheet and PPT notes include additional information that is not on the slides. This way, the teacher can add interesting little comments or data to each slide.

You can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link on the provided file).

Content in PPT includes:

  • Western expansion
  • Growing divide between the North and South
  • Missouri Crisis (Missouri Compromise)
  • Andrew Jackson Jackson and Dickinson duel
  • Invasion of Spanish Florida
  • Election of 1824 “Corrupt Bargain”
  • Election of 1828
  • Beginning of the Era of Jackson (Jacksonian Democracy)
  • Split in the Democratic-Republican Party
  • Whigs
  • Democratic Party
  • and more!

This presentation really shows the development of democracy in America. It starts by showing the growing divide between the North and South, and how the Missouri Crisis almost led to civil war. Then it goes over the election of 1824 (also known as the “Corrupt Bargain”). The rest of the PPT introduces Andrew Jackson and shows the impact he had on American history.

One slide includes a short primary source by Thomas Jefferson. In the notes (or in the guide sheet), there are three historical thinking questions with suggested answers. This is a great way to put the students into groups and do some interactive work on their own.

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this lesson:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom; one slide includes an interactive activity for students to complete
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events. Some discussion questions are included in some of the slides.
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Alternatively: have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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