Lecture Description

This talk confronts an old conundrum about Jackson: the relationship between his will, his temper, and his intellect. Some historians have seen his actions, particularly as president, driven by high principle and considerations of policy; others by uncontrollable personal passions. This presentation evaluates both possibilities with special attention to events of Jackson’s first presidential term, including the Eaton affair, the Bank War, the nullification crisis, and the Seminole War controversy.


Politics Presidential

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