Friday, August 21, 2015

Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency

This documentary explores the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson.  This explores both sides of Jackson.  Obviously, Jackson is our first “common” president and thus helps to bring the “common man” into politics more fully.  Yet he oversees some of the most controversial decisions, like Indian removal and is extremely vicious in all his dealings with Native Americans.  He was also a slave owner.  There is also the scandals with his wife and Peggy Eaton.

This is a good look into the many sides and faces of Jackson.  A good basic overview of his Presidency.  
Also, because it was the news a bit ago with all the talk about changing the heads on currency, check out the history of Jackson on the $20, at Smithsonian Magazine.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tea and Equality

This article was in the Summer 2015 edition of Prologue.  It deals with the invitation to tea that Mrs. Hoover sent Mrs. DePriest, the only African American member of Congress.  Mrs. DePriest came to tea and a flood of complaints flooded Mrs. Hoover over this invitation.