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Learning Exercise

Material: Finding Precedent: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Submitted by: William Paquette on Nov 11, 2004
Date Last Modified: Nov 11, 2004
Title: Finding Precedent: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Description: The site depends exclusively on Harper's Weekly for the material relating to the impeachment and trial of President Andrew Johnson. Site materials include editorials, articles, political cartoons, and biographical essays on the major impeachment figures. Rules of Impeachment and the eleven Articles of Impeachment are provided. A teacher created Impeachment Simulation Game is available for classroom use.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 8-10 hours.
Topics: Constitutional Law; Andrew Johnson Presidency; American Politics.
Course: United States History
Audience: College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To teach the research paper using primary sources.
To identify the circumstances surrounding the impeachment charges.
To identify pro and con arguments for the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
To evaluate the impact of the impeachment failure.
To teach the use of primary source materials.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: "The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson was justified." Take either a pro- or con- side to this statement. Using exclusively the resources of Harper's Weekly, write a 10-12 page paper justifiying the position taken. Include a bibliography of resources used.
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