Pragmatic and Passionate, Cunning and Callous: On David S. Brown’s “The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson”

JULY 11, 2022 EVEN 175 YEARS after his death, Andrew Jackson is still all the rage, and a continual source of outrage. During the unexpected rise of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016, Steve Bannon and other pundits compared to the future 45th president to Jackson, ascribing to him a similar status as a … Read more

Passionate only in mourning

In November 1912, a remorseful widower ordered his seventy-two-year-old wife’s coffin to be carried down the stairs from her attic eyrie at Max Gate: the house constructed to Thomas Hardy’s own design and built by his father and brother. After instructing that Emma Gifford’s wooden casket be placed within his own spacious bedroom, the bereaved … Read more