Tennessee Democrats Examine Andrew Jackson's Complicated Legacy

Jul 30, 2015

Tennessee Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini says she's open to a discussion that could lead to dropping Andrew Jackson's name from an annual party fundraising dinner.

Andrew Jackson died in 1845, but somewhere, his ears must be burning. This week, Tennessee Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini said it was time to have a discussion about removing Jackson’s name from the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. And this year, there have been other such conversations, nationwide, about the legacy of the seventh president.

Dan Feller is a professor of history at the University of Tennessee and director of the university’s effort to catalogue and publish Jackson’s papers. Feller tells WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth he thinks the time is right for Mary Mancini’s proposed conversation.