The Hero of New Orleans.
President of the United States.
Andrew Jackson held and embodied all of these titles and nicknames.
During his lifetime, Jackson served as one of the most popular presidents and yet, today we remember him as a controversial figure given his views on slavery, Native Americans, and banks.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
During his own time, as well as in our own, Andrew Jackson seemed larger than life. Many myths and tall tales developed as a result.
Mark helps us separate myth from reality by revealing why we need to understand Jackson as a southerner before we can understand him as a president; How Jackson rose from the son of poor, backcountry settlers in the Waxhaw region of South Carolina to become President of the United States; And, information about the three big issues that Andrew Jackson faced as president: the Nullification crisis, Indian Removal, and the Second Bank of the United States.
What You’ll Discover
- Mark’s interest in conspiracy theories and his favorite theory
- The 5 characteristics that made up a southern identity during the lifetime of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
- Location of and information about the Waxhaw region in South Carolina, birthplace of Andrew Jackson
- Andrew Jackson’s rags-to-riches story; how Jackson became wealthy and successful
- How Jackson used kinship and social networks to rise through the social and political ranks
- Jackson’s transition from lawyer to professional soldier
- What Nashville, Tennessee looked like in 1788
- What Jackson did upon his arrival in Nashville in 1788
- How Jackson’s romantic relationship with Rachel Donaldson Robards helped to elevate Jackson in Nashville and Tennessee society
- The tradition of dueling and Andrew Jackson’s use of the practice
- Details about Andrew Jackson’s duel with John Sevier
- Details about Andrew Jackson’s duel with Charles Dickinson
- Fact or Myth: Andrew Jackson really lived with bullets lodged in his body from dueling
- Andrew Jackson’s health problems and how they affected his mood
- How Andrew Jackson became nominated as a presidential candidate
- The nomination process for presidential candidates prior to party nominating conventions
- Details about the Presidential Election of 1824
- The “Corrupt Bargain” of 1824
- Fact or Myth: White House staff had to place alcohol on the front lawn to save the house and Andrew Jackson from all the people who showed up for his inauguration party in 1829
- What the Nullification Crisis was and how Andrew Jackson dealt with it
- Details about Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal plan and his motives for passing it
- Andrew Jackson’s dislike of the Second Bank of the United States
Links to People, Places, and Publications
In your opinion what might have happened if Andrew Jackson had sided with John C. Calhoun in regard to states rights before national rights? Would the United States have careened toward Civil War faster than 1860?
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