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A journalist called up David Blight, one of the greatest living historians of the Civil War, and asked him what he thought of Trump’s Andrew Jackson comments. Blight clearly hadn’t heard of this yet. The spontaneous reaction is pretty great. “He really said this about Jackson and the Civil War? All I can say to […]
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Jefferson/Jackson

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On August 11, 2015
It’s good to see Democrats move away from Jefferson/Jackson dinners at the state level. There’s no real reason to tie the party to two long dead white slaveowning men who believed in white agrarian rule. I’m more ambiguous about dropping Jefferson since at least he had ideals modern Democrats can believe in, hypocrite as he […]

Jackson

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On July 10, 2015

It’s true enough as Adele Stan states that Andrew Jackson is actually the prototypical white American as opposed to some sort of freak from the past that not only we shouldn’t honor but is

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Presidential Reputation

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On December 11, 2009

In light of my recent Andrew Jackson bashing, Matt is right to note that his status as the most odious and overrated allegedly progressive president in history is far from clear-cut. And Matt doesn

The Van Buren Boys

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On December 8, 2009

I’ve been reading Daniel Walker Howe’s superb What Hath God Wrought. Among its many strong points, it’s much-more clear-eyed about Andrew Jackson than Sean Wilentz’s similar hi

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