Month: October 2011

The Peggy Eaton Affair…the perfect combination of wit and flirt

I have posted a link to an article for you to read about my second favorite scandals in American political history.  (John Edwards you will always be my fav.) Like almost all political scandals, there is a young woman at the center. Peggy O’Neale takes up with longtime Jackson associate John Eaton. If Jackson had an entourage, Eaton would be his #2. That is important for understanding how Jackson handles the situation.

I encourage you to read more about the event. It will be a part of the final. How can you not love an event with: (a) a girl who is the modern-day equivalent of the attractive bartender working her way through law school, (b) a mysterious death at sea, and (c) a bunch of stuffy ‘real housewife’ types shunning the new girl because of her background?

http://www.historynet.com/andrew-jackson-the-petticoat-affair-scandal-in-jackons-white-house.htm

AP History: John Adams questions for ‘The Collaborators’

We are wrapping up ‘Founding Brothers’ with a section devoted to the one of the most contentious and bitter time periods in American political history: the party wars of the 1790s. I’m giving you several broad questions that are centered around the ideas of an isolated and frustrated Adams and an paranoid Jefferson.

1. Adams was alone in the White House. Everywhere he turned, there was an enemy, an opponent, or someone he just simply hated. Explain why he couldn’t rely on the Hamilton Federalists, his vice president, or the cabinet. Who did he turn to?

2. Adams was never a fan of Alexander Hamilton. Describe Hamilton’s role in the 1796 election, how he almost swung the election, and what the book refers to as his ‘grandiose plan.’

3. Citing examples from the book, describe the picture of Thomas Jefferson that is painted. Should Jefferson have taken up Adams offer to be co-presidents? Should he have resigned since he had such strong differences with Adams? Lastly, Why did Jefferson and Madison believe Adams and the Federalists were capturing the government from the American people?