Reading Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was an enigma as President of the United States. His opponents called him a jackass and "King Andrew", but his supporters considered him to be one of the greatest Presidents in American History. I included him among the "9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America." When Jackson was right, he could be prophetic. When wrong, he contributed to the extreme executive government we live under today.

This class covers nine of the most important public documents Jackson issued as President, from his 1st Inaugural Address in 1829 to his "Farewell Address" in 1837. His positions on federally funded internal improvements, central banking, the American Indian Tribes, nullification, secession, corruption, foreign policy, and the nature of the Union are all covered in detail through his own words.

Historians on both the left and the right still admire Jackson, often for different reasons, and he was one of the true American heroes of the nineteenth century. Some argue his presidency defined an age, the "Age of Jackson", while his legacy was invoked during the Trump administration. This class explains why.

Enroll to get the real scoop on Andrew Jackson and learn why his presidency was so polarizing, both then and now.

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Brion McClanahan holds a Ph.D in American History from the University of South Carolina. He is the author or co-author of six books, including the #1 Amazon best selling 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America.

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