Hi everybody! Pleased the report that this year’s APUSH exams are now officially over. Students who took the APUSH makeup on Wednesday report that AP US HISTORY: The Essential Content helped them crush the exam. Needless to say I am very pleased. Since the APs are now over, I concentrate this review on helping you prepare for the upcoming June SAT II US History test. Today’s post will concentrate on the period from the Jackson presidency to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. This period has generated some very predictable test items. Here are my top 10 key facts to remember:
1. RISE OF JACKSON – Hero of the common man; Hero of Battle
of New Orleans; Famous Indian fighter: a wealthy Tennessee planter who nonetheless appealed to the
the common man
2. WHIGS – formed to oppose Jackson; led by Clay and Webster; Whigs favored tariffs
and the National Bank and opposed the Indian Removal Act and the Mexican War; Jackson opposed
the Bank and favored the Indian Removal Act
3. Worchester v. Georgia – the Marshall Court upheld the land rights of the Cherokee tribe. However,
Jackson refused to enforce the Court’s decision.
4. TRAIL OF TEARS – Indian Removal Act led to the forced migration of
Indians from Georgia and North Carolina to the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.
As many as one-fourth of the 16,000 Indians died.
5. NULLIFICATION CRISIS – triggered by the Tariff of Abominations;
Calhoun’s doctrine of NULLIFICATION drew upon the Virginia
and Kentucky Resolutions
6. WILMOT PROVISIO – called for the abolition of slavery in all lands
acquired in the Mexican War; passed the House but was voted down in
the Senate.
7. MEXICAN WAR – opposed by the Whigs; favored by the Jacksonian
Democrats; ended with the Treaty of Guadalope Hidalgo
8. SENECA FALLS CONVENTION – marked the beginning of the
women’s rights movement; Declaration of Sentiments calls for
greater rights for women including the right to vote; does NOT
call for abortion rights or equal pay for equal work
9. SECOND GREAT AWAKENING – wave of religious revivals that
swept across the country; Charles FINNEY was best known preacher;
galvanized reform movements such as Dix and mental asylum,
Mann and public education and Garrison and abolition
10. TRANSCENDENTALISM – led by Emerson, Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller;
truth from nature; Brook Farm was founded as a transcendentalist
utopian community; Edgar Allen Poe was NOT a transcendentalist

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