Historiography was the topic of the day today. After discussing Chapter 13, we examined four different historical interpretations (Schlesinger, Remini, Feller, & Warshouer) of the Jackson Administration in terms of the expansion of democracy. Following a debrief of the documents, we identified points of comparison and of contrast in the interpretations, conclusions, ans use of evidence. We finished up with a discussion over the various schools of historiography in American history and a brief historiographical essay on the Jackson era, and a brief video clip from the scholarly debates conducted and recorded during the making of the documentary Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency.
Don't forget to finish up Chapter 9 tonight since it's due tomorrow!