Program Details

Old Hickory Runs for President: The Three Campaigns of Andrew Jackson

David Head
History / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Andrew Jackson ran for President three times. Along the way, he redefined political campaigning. Benefiting from changes to election laws, Jackson trumpeted a common man message, mastered emerging newspaper media, survived an onslaught of mudslinging, and changed what Americans expected from the nation's highest office. Jackson was never universally loved. In fact, he was intensely controversial. But he was the single most influential politician of his age, the Age of Jackson. Head delves into how Jackson won support for controversial policies and why Thomas Jefferson called him "one of the most unfit men" to be President, and compares running for President in the 19th century versus today.

About the Instructor

  • David Head, Ph.D. is associate lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Head received his B.A. from Niagara University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. He has published four books. His most recent book is "A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution." It received honorable mention for the Journal of the American Revolution’s Best Book Award and honorable mention for the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia’s Book Award. It was also a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Head has written for USA Today, the Orlando Sentinel, and the History News Network on topics ranging from George Washington’s shopping habits to the musical Hamilton.