Race For the White House – Jackson vs Adams (2016)


“Andrew Jackson was a passionate man and a killer. ” – Steve Inskeep

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis –In depth look at the election if 1824 where John Quincy Adams, son of President John Adams faced off against Andrew Jackson, famed war General of the War of 1812.

My Take on it – As a fan of history and most specifically US History, I have always been fascinated by the Presidency.

When I came across this series by accident, I was quite interested in seeing what it was all about.

The fact that we are in an election year also piqued my interest in seeing what this series has to say about past Presidential elections and their effects on the way that these elections are run today.

This is a unique episode of this series because it deals with an election that occurred nearly two centuries ago and that helps make this the weakest of the ones featured in this series.

This documentary shows how elections were dealt with during the early days of the Republic and we get to see the differences between what was done then as opposed to how things are done in the present.

At the time, there were certain expectations as to who would ascend to the Presidency and this election actually changed that system ever since.

This election actually repeated itself both in 1824 and in 1828 as these two political rivals faced off against one another both time, but the outcomes would be very different.

These men used lots of wittiness in the politics as they each tried to advance their standings and assume the Presidency.

It’s quite intriguing to watch even if it actually truly reflects how the political system is quite different now than it was at the time.

Bottom Line – This is a nice addition to the series despite it also being the weakest largely due to the fact that it is all about events that happened nearly 2 Centuries ago. They are able to try and explain how elections were dealt with in an early age of the the U.S. system. There were certain expectations at the time that were changed due to this particular election that repeated itself both in 1824 and in 1828 as rivals faced off against one another twice. The witty way that these men used politics to help advance their election is intriguing to watch even if it truly reflects a very different kind of system than is used in modern time. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is one of two presidential elections (along with the 1800 election) that have been decided in the House. It is also one of five in which the winner did not achieve at least a plurality of the national popular vote, and the only U.S. election in which the candidate who had the plurality of votes in the Electoral College did not win the election. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

 

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