Context & A Play: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Friday, October 15, 2010

Adam Feldman, theater critic at Time Out New York and Jon Meacham, co-host of "Need to Know" on PBS and the author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, take a look at the new musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" about President Andrew Jackson.


Adam Feldman and Jon Meacham

Comments [7]

The Truth from Becky

Gee thanks Zach that really made my day.

Oct. 15 2010 12:36 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm sorry the statement that Jackson kept the Civil War from happening some 30 years earlier came just before the end of the program. I'd have liked to ask whether a Civil War would have ended slavery in the US if it had happened during Jackson's time instead of Lincoln's.

Oct. 15 2010 12:09 PM
Zach from UWS

Here you go Becky:

In the theatre (particularly with Shakespeare) the fool is often the wisest and most insightful character on stage. Indeed, BBAJ represents a kind of brilliant foolishness.

Oct. 15 2010 12:04 PM

Sounds awful.
Also this discussion sounds like the Zinn diatribe applying twentieth century values on earlier societies. Can someone please make a list of counties that have been formed via handshakes and an exchange of emo platitudes?

Oct. 15 2010 12:03 PM
The Truth from Becky

Not sure why this needed to be a musical? What's next? bigots and racists on ice? Foolishness.

Oct. 15 2010 11:56 AM
Zach from UWS

I saw BBAJ on Tuesday. Brilliant. This is the best thing I've seen on Broadway in a long time.

Oct. 15 2010 11:34 AM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca

Welcome to Andrew Jackson's America

It's very apropos for this play to make it to the stage at this stage: the Teabagging mob seem to me the very image of Jacksonian America, or 'Murka' as it's now known.

Pugnacious, thin-skinned, proudly ignorant---and all three make for a bunch easily led--- and actually contemptuous of the rights of anyone beside them even as they claim to defend their own. Think of how they cheered on the violation of the property and civil rights of the Cherokee when those rights stood in the way of more property for _them_. Think of how they cheered as most of the rest of the Indians were slaughtered. Think of how so many of them went doggedly to fight for the rights of their economic and political masters to own other human beings (no, it wasn't about tariffs, it was about the false hope that someday they, too, might own a bunch of people). Think of how they will cheer as President Palin sticks it to the Mooslims and queers.

They embody class resentment (some of it justified) even as their anger is focussed away from the people really pushing them down and toward those what might actually help their situation---example: they hate welfare, but if we had a decent welfare scheme in this country _everyone_'s boss would have just a little less power over them.

Oct. 15 2010 10:54 AM

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