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The Jackson Era Movies & TV

Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency (2008)

The skilled documentarians at PBS offer up this excellent recent examination of the life and times of Andrew Jackson. As the title suggests, the film explores the complexity of Jackson's character and legacy, and poses the question, "Is he a president we should celebrate or a president we should apologize for?" Narrated by Martin Sheen, who himself was once a president... a least on TV (on The West Wing).

The President's Lady (1953)

This Hollywood look at the relationship between Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel, based on the Irving Stone novel, is not much interested in politics. But the charges of impropriety that haunted their marriage and played such a large role in the election of 1828 are central to the plot. The film features Charlton Heston doing what makes him most happy—talking tough and carrying a gun.

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