The Indian Removal policy of the 1830s is undoubtedly a tragic event in our country's history. However, the debate about Andrew Jackson’s role in the disaster still continues today. Many people place the blame on Jackson because he, like most Americans at the time, viewed the American Indians as savages and supported a policy to move them west. Yet, others claim that Jackson truly believed removal was the only way to prevent the destruction of American Indian culture and did not intend for the removal to be so harsh. Students will read two perspectives regarding Andrew Jackson’s role in the Trail of Tears. One will argue that Jackson is not fully to blame for the Trail of Tears the other will argue that he should be held fully responsible. Students will read both perspectives and choose a side to defend. They will then write a brief essay in preparation for a class debate. Once the essay is completed all students will debate the topic and a winning side will be chosen. This assignment also includes a grading rubric.