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History vs. Andrew Jackson - James Fester

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Andrew Jackson was both beloved and loathed during his presidency. In this imaginary courtroom, you get to be the jury, considering and weighing Jackson’s part in the spoils system, economic depression, and the Indian Removal Act, as well as his patriotism and the pressures of the presidency. James Fester explores how time shapes our relationship to controversial historical figures.

Think of a contemporary political figure in the world today. How are his/her actions viewed as both “heroic” and “villainous” at the same time? How do you think he/she will be viewed in 10 years? How about in 100 years?

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  • Educator James Fester
  • Animator Brett Underhill
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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