Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency
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Positives: Good mix of acting and narration. Production is also very good.
Negatives: Only negative is really only a problem for teachers...like most documentaries, its made for adults so the language/vocabulary is not easy for younger kids (for my 8th graders we had to discuss lots of vocabulary prior to watching).
study of American History was in High School and you remember the two
pages of "Jacksonian" history they cramed in between the Revolution
and the Civil War. History takes years to unfold and to see
it clearly. Maybe Jackson was a product of his times, but during his
Presidency Indians and Slaves were not "white" and they were treated according to the customs of the times and Jackson did not change that.
There was even fear of them banding together to challenge whites, this is something I don't remember from High School history, but it helps explain the Seminole Indians Wars and the the Trail of Tears. Is that revisionist? No, I call that insight into the American Experience and the reason you study history: to find a cause.
He had the opportunity as every President did from the founding of our Nation, to challenge slavery and abolish it, as did the British during in 1833, DURING HIS PRESIDENCY. Instead he did as all other Presidents before him, he choose to ignore it and hope it would go away.
Another fact that I never learned was the assination attempt on Jackson's life. Great documentary on a controvertial President.
"Andrew Jackson was a patriot and a traitor. He was the greatest of generals, and wholly ignorant of the art of war. He was the most candid of men, and capable of the profoundest dissimulation. He was a democratic autocrat, an urbane savage, an atrocious saint."
- James Parton, Jackson's first biographer, 1859
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I loved this series. Love history. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys American history. Looking forward to other historical stories.Published on January 21, 2013 by kylrobb from Canada
I was disappointed because I had recently visited The Hermitage in Nashville which inspired me to learn more about this very controversial president. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Marty42044
I will admit that I turned this on PBS at 3 a.m., when I couldn't sleep, because I felt a nice documentary would lull me back to sleep. Was I ever wrong. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Beverly A. Sykes
I'm a High School U.S. History/U.S. Government teacher and this DVD is not worth purchasing. The director of this character assasination obviously had a political agenda(Note the... Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by M. M. Hughes