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Students examine political cartoons to gain an understanding of the political issues that George Washington faced. In this historical perspectives lesson, students analyze political cartoons about the National Bank, the title presidents, early unsettlement, the Whiskey Rebellion, and Westward Expansion.
Students assess the validity of a national bank. They study the importance of McCullough v. Maryland. They review the arguments of Hamilton and Jefferson. They analyze the Tenth Amendment and the debate over state v. federal power. They review tight v. lose constructionist interpretation of the Constitution.
Do your economists understand the complexities of the recent financial crisis? Use this political cartoon analysis instructional activity to shed some humor and light on the nationalization of banks. The cartoonist utilizes irony to make his point. Three talking points guide deeper thinking as learners analyze the issue, create a new caption, and determine the artist's stance. Extend using the linked analysis instructional activity, having pupils find their own cartoons on a similar topic!
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over the beginnings of the first Bank of the United States. They read primary source documents and the booklet, "The First Bank of the United States." A fun way to introduce banking and US Economics.
Students review primary documents concerning the War of 1812. Students read essays about President Madison's war policy and determine the climate of people's feelings about war during that period. Students review sections of the United States' Constitution to determine whether these arguments had merit.