Argumentative Essay (Replacing the Debate)

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Please read ALL of the instructions before you begin. You MUST use both sources I supplied and the textbook.

Midterm Essay Question

In 2016 the US Treasury announced it was replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill. In your educated and well-explained opinion, does Andrew Jackson deserve to be on the face of the $20 bill? Why or why not? You should probably give some background information on Jackson and discuss his achievements and/or failures to support your argument. Things to consider and, perhaps, include:

Record as a soldier

Personal life before the presidency

The creation of the Democratic Party

The Bank War

The Eaton Affair and Cabinet issues

The Cherokee Removal

This is a moral (sense of right and wrong)/ethical (principles of behavior) question. Therefore, there is no universal right v. wrong. Different people will have different standards and principles. You will have your own theories and your essay should relate these experiences and beliefs. However, all arguments must be supported by fact-in this essay the facts come from the provided sources.


– 3 pages minimum – 5+ full pages (it can go over). The minimum is a firm rule.

– Double spaced, 11 or 12pt font. Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Calibri script.

– Full citation of sources (Chicago, MLA, or APA) with in-text citation. When you use a source, immediately cite it.

-You may only use the two sources I provided and the textbook. You must cite these sources in your paper. No other sources are acceptable!

-You must use both supplied sources and the textbook somewhere in your essay. If your argument goes against the evidence in the source, use it as a counterpoint to contradict.

– Fully answer the question and support your argument with fact. Offer your own perspective and moral opinion.

– Please do not use Harriet Tubman as an argument. This essay is designed argue the historical importance of Jackson. Keep your arguments centered on Andrew Jackson.


– The only sources you may use for this assignment are the three listed below and you must include all three in your essay. You must cite the material you use.

1) Open Stax- Textbook, particularly Chapter 10 since it deals with Jackson. Still, you may use other information from the textbook if it helps your essay.

2) This website: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

– The Andrew Jackson pages of the Miller Center are edited by Dr. Daniel Feller. Dr. Feller is an excellent historian that specializes in Andrew Jackson. In addition, he also edits The Andrew Jackson Papers. You will find that Dr. Feller typically takes a more approving view of Jackson than other historians.

– There are several “Life in Depth” essays on this page. You may use any and all of them.

3) This letter written by a soldier involved in the Trail of Tears:


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