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1 The First Presidents (Washington Taylor) Name: Period: 1. George Washington : Party: a. How did Washington wish to be addressed and why? b. List three unique things about Washington s Presidency. c. Explain what part Washington had on building the capitol city. d. What was the Whiskey Rebellion? e. How did Washington define the role of the President how did he set precedent?

2 2. John Adams Party: a. What problems/conflicts were there with Adams personality? b. The two events of Adams presidency i. XYZ Affair ii. Alien and Sedition Acts c. List three unique things in Adams Presidency. 3. Thomas Jefferson a. Explain what Jefferson doesn t like about the Federalist. b. How did Jefferson make changes to the presidency. c. Explain the role the press had on Jefferson s presidency.

3 d. Explain what the Louisiana Purchase is and why it is important. e. List three unique things of Jefferson s presidency. f. What was the Embargo Act and why was it created? 4. James Madison a. Why is Dolley Madison important to Madison s presidency? b. Why did the War of 1812 start? c. What happened to the capitol during this war? d. What was the outcome of the war? (who won, what was the treaty, how did Andrew Jackson play a role) e. List three unique facts about Madison s presidency.

4 5. James Monroe a. What two things is Monroe the last of? b. Explain how Monroe s role of the president was different from those before him. c. What was Monroe s plan for slavery and for slaves? d. List three unique things of Monroe s Presidency. e. What did the Monroe Doctrine say? Why is it important? How did the first 5 Presidents discussed in this film view the role of the president? 6. John Q. Adams a. The election of 1824 is highly controversial, why?

5 b. What was the Corrupt Bargain?. c. What problems did congress make for J.Q. Adams? d. What does the video mean by his fathers son? e. What is Patronage? f. Explain the Election of 1828? g. List three unique things about J.Q. Adams? 7. Andrew Jackson a. How did Jackson use the presidency and public support? b. Explain Jackson s personality and how that was important to his role as president.

6 c. What was the relationship between Jackson and his cabinet members? (Explain the kitchen cabinet) d. What was the Indian Removal Act? Explain what happened to the Cherokee (Trail of Tears). e. Explain what happened during The Bank War and the consequences of it. f. Why is his presidency the most complicated legacy and how did he leave America for presidents to come? 8. Martin Van Buren a. What are two critizism of the way Van Buren treated the presidency? b. What did Van Buren inherit from Jackson?

7 c. What happened in 1838 and 1839? (explain) d. What problems did Van Buren have as a president? e. What was unique about the election of 1840 and decided the election? 9. William Henry Harrison a. What is Harrison the only president to study? b. What did he do that set a record? c. What led to his death? What is the first president to do? 10. John Tyler a. What did he go his whole term without? b. What challenges did he face when he became president (2)? c. What did he do to upset Congress?

8 d. What did he gain for the U.S. with the signing of a treaty with Britain? e. What republic he annex to the U.S.? 11. James K. Polk a. What other president did he compare himself to? b. What are two words to describe his personality? c. How did he fulfill Manifest Destiny 4 ways? d. What are two legacies of Polk s Presidency? e. What are three unique facts about Polk?

9 12. Zachary Taylor a. What is ONE problem left over from the founding fathers? b. How did the settling of the West cause problems? c. What are three unique facts about Taylor? d. Who did Taylor think should decide the issue of slavery? e. What is the Compromise of 1850 and how did Taylor feel about it? f. What monument was completed during his presidency? g. How did he die why was it a conspiracy? What did they find out in 1991?

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