Walter Edgar's Journal

From books to barbecue, and current events to Colonial history, historian and author Walter Edgar delves into the arts, culture, and history of South Carolina and the American South. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.


Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age?

Andrew Jackson returned to the Oval Office, so to speak, in 2017, when President Donald Trump hung the 7 th President’s portrait there. And, Jackson will return, so to speak, to Upstate South Carolina in June at Greenville Chautauqua’s History Alive festival. Jackson remains one of the most studied and controversial figures in American history. Historian Charles Grier Sellers says, "Andrew Jackson's masterful personality was enough by itself to make him one of the most controversial figures ever to stride across the American stage." There has never been universal agreement on Jackson's legacy, for "his opponents have ever been his most bitter enemies and his friends almost his worshippers” (James Patton, 1860). Dr. Mark Smith, of the University of South Carolina, joins Walter Edgar to talk about this complex and controversial South Carolinian. All Stations: Fri, Jun 07, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 09, 4 pm


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