Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

John H. Bickford III


State and national standards compel teachers to introduce historical topics through multiple diverse texts, emphasizing the use of informational texts. Trade books allow teachers to meet these standards while also meeting the needs of diverse students. Primary sources serve as an additional curricular resource that fill the gaps in information covered by textbooks and trade books, allowing students to gain a more complete and accurate understanding of historical figures and events. Standards leave the selection and implementation of appropriate trade books, primary sources, and other curricular resources to the classroom teacher. In this research I qualify and quantify how Andrew Jackson is portrayed in trade books. Misrepresentations within trade books concerning Jackson are reported and analyzed. This empirical research guides educators in selecting books for teaching about Jackson, a controversial historical figure. Suggestions and rationale for trade book and primary source selection and implementation are addressed.