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Old Hickory: The Life of our 7th President, Part One
Aired 7/14/2005

Most Americans only know of Andrew Jackson as the man whose face adorns the 20 Dollar bill. But during his two terms as President, from 1829 to 1837, Jackson left a distinctive stamp on issues we care about today, such as states’ rights, American foreign policy, and the role of the executive branch. His fiery political rhetoric and controversial policies continue to inspire modern politicians and debate among historians. Who was Andrew Jackson? Why is he still a controversial figure, and how did he change the Presidency?
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  Robert Remini
    Professor Emeritus of History and Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of numerous books on President Jackson including "The Life of Andrew Jackson".
  Harry Watson
    Director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and author of "Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America".

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